Inaugural Events Sing a Song of Diversity
The nation’s capital will be bursting in song Inauguration Week, with voices to accommodate almost every musical taste--from pop diva Barbra Streisand to soprano Kathleen Battle to the R&B; group Boyz II Men. Here are the events featuring the biggest names:
“An American Reunion: The People’s Inaugural Celebration,” a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial, on HBO, 8-10 p.m., Quincy Jones producing. President-elect Bill Clinton and Vice President-elect Al Gore are expected to arrive at the event at the completion of a 115-mile bus ride beginning in Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va.
Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Jon Secada, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J, Kathleen Battle, Ruben Blades, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Ray Charles, Melissa Etheridge, James Ingram, Ben E. King, Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Sounds of Blackness, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Bebe and Cece Winans, Yo-Yo Ma, Sax Jam Group, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Dave Koz, Gerry Mulligan, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Grover Washington Jr.
Harry Belafonte, Ted Danson, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier.
Sunday and Monday:
“America’s Reunion on the Mall,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s concept, to show America’s diversity. The two-day free event will take place in 20 giant heated tents to be assembled on the Washington Mall. No TV coverage scheduled.
Linda Ronstadt & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Willie Nelson, Peter, Paul & Mary, Los Lobos, Booker T. and the MGs, Little Feat, Beausoleil, Elvin Jones, Ruth Brown, the Texas Tornados, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Sesame Street characters.
Presidential Gala from Capital Centre, Landover, Md., on CBS, 9-11 p.m., Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion producing.
Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand (singing “God Bless America” and other songs), Michael Jackson, a number of jazz stars, including Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis; Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Thelonious Monk Jr., Clark Terry, Al Grey, Illinois Jacquet, Wayne Shorter and Chuck Berry. Also, the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, comedians Chevy Chase and Bill Cosby, and actors Jack Lemmon and James Earl Jones performing historical readings.
Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children and for Youth from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, televised on the Disney Channel and made available to all cable subscribers, children’s concert at 3 and 6 p.m., youth concert at 5 and 7 p.m.
Wil Smith, Markie Post, Mr. (Fred) Rogers, the Muppets, Raffi, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Parachute Express, the Disney Channel’s “Adventures in Wonderland” and “Mickey Mouse Club,” Clarence Clemmons, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion. And a new dance by the Joffrey Ballet to a recording by Prince.
“MTV’s 1993 Rock N’ Roll Ball” on MTV, 10 p.m. from the Washington Convention Center.
Dennis Miller, Don Henley, Boyz II Men, 10,000 Maniacs, Soul Asylum, En Vogue and Bill Clinton’s younger brother, Roger.