20. January 2009 · Comments Off on I Wondered About This · Categories: Links, Videos

I had read that Obama would become president at 12 noon. At that very moment a quartet was playing. And now I read this:

Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States of America exactly at noon today Eastern time in a fashion unlike any of his predecessors. The ceremony ran a couple of minutes late, and as the clock struck, Obama had not yet been sworn in. Rather power changed hands as he sat quietly on the steps of the Capitol and -– along with much of the rest of the world — listened as violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill performed the world premiere of “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams. (You can watch and hear it below.)

(And, contrary to what was suggested, it doesn’t appear that the cello being used is a black carbon fiber cello.)

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