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Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles

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More than 40 years after Ray Charles sat with President Nixon in the Oval Office, his soul music has finally made it to the White House. “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles” is coming to our In Performance at the White House program at 9pm Friday, Feb. 26, on CET and at 10pm Saturday, Feb. 27, on ThinkTV16.

During the program, renowned and up-and-coming artists will perform their interpretations of Ray Charles’ music using his own big-band musical arrangements. Smithsonian Magazine wrote a piece about Ray Charles’ original visit to the White House, his impact on the world, and the Ray Charles museum collection earlier this month. Read it here:

According to, In Performance at the White House has been produced by WETA since 1978 and spans every administration since President Carter’s. The series was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation’s most famous home. In Performance at the White House events have honored the musical genius of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring music from the Civil Rights Movement, Motown and the Blues; explored the rich roots and resiliency of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical.

Learn more and watch previous programs online at