December 17, 2008

Inaugural Roster

Looks like Rick Warren will be delivering the invocation at Obama's inauguration.  Interesting choice.  Despite accusations otherwise from both ends of the spectrum Warren occupies a center right position in the American religious landscape, or at least the closest thing there is to a center right position, which means he's not "all that" far from the center left position at which Obama seems to be positioning most of his administration.  I'd be curious as to who else made the short list for the invocation and benediction spots.  

Of equal (greater?) interest is this bit as well:
John Williams, the composer whose music was heard at Mr. Obama’s victory party on election night in Grant Park, will compose a new piece to be played for the incoming president.

His new piece will be played by Mr. Perlman on violin, Mr. Ma on cello, Gabriela Montero on piano and Anthony McGill on clarinet. (Usually at this juncture in previous inaugurations an operatic soloist performs.)
Not too shabby.

PS - A previous bit on Warren.

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