Aretha Franklin, Itzhak Perlman to Rock Obama Inauguration

Aretha Franklin, Itzhak Perlman to Rock Obama Inauguration
Barack Obama and Aretha Franklin
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12/18/2008 12:15PM

Aretha Franklin is slated to sing at Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.

Franklin, 66, will be joined at the ceremony by Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister and author of the best-seller The Purpose Driven Life. Warren will give the invocation.

Obama has also selected classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will perform a new piece of music composed by John Williams.

The inaugural program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the Capitol. The United States Marine Band and the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will open the festivities.

Details of the inaugural program were announced Wednesday by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein.
– Brian Orloff

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