White House to honor Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Back in October, you may recall, it was announced that Burt Bacharach and Hal David had been selected by the Librarian of Congress to receive the 2012 Gershwin Prize for Popular Music. In conjunction with that award, Bacharach and David will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, May 9, with a special concert presentation hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Guest performers will include Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Mike Myers, Rumer, Arturo Sandoval, Sheléa and Stevie Wonder. The event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7 p.m. ET on May 9, and the entire concert will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on May 21 as “Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House.”

This is absolutely amazing news, even if it does beg the question, “Where is Dionne?” Perhaps she’ll be a special surprise guest.

Visit whitehouse.gov to read the entire press release.