Aretha Franklin to perform at Obama’’s inaugural ceremony

December 18th, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): ”The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin will be among the lucky artists who will perform at President-elect Barack Obama’’s inauguration ceremony on January 20 in Washington DC.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has announced the program for Obama’’s swearing-in ceremony, reports CBS News.
And the event will see a number of musical greats and famous names performing on stage, which include Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma other than Franklin.
Two famous spiritual leaders also will make remarks — Dr. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California (who hosted a forum with Mr. Obama and Sen. John McCain in August) and Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery (who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Here’’s the full lineup, as announced by the committee:
Musical Selections The United States Marine Band
Musical Selections The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Invocation Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA
Musical Selection Aretha Franklin
Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, The Honorable John Paul Stevens
Musical Selection, John Williams, composer/arranger Itzhak Perlman, Violin Yo-Yo Ma, Cello Gabriela Montero, Piano Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama By the Chief Justice of the United States, The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
Inaugural Address The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama
Poem Elizabeth Alexander
Benediction The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
The National Anthem The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters” (ANI)

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