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'America the Beautiful' gets a second airing at Trump inauguration

 (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

For the second time in less than 24 hours, the National Mall was blanketed with the sound of "America the Beautiful" as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed the durable patriotic tune just prior to Donald Trump's swearing-in Friday.

And how did the choir sound?

Well, it didn't summon the gritty soulfulness of Sam Moore's rendition at Thursday night's pre-inaugural concert (let alone the iconic Ray Charles version Moore was clearly emulating).

But the singers' voices came together with the expected grace — and even navigated a couple of surprising harmonic shifts.

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