State Dinner entertainment
October 13th, 2011
06:13 PM ET

State Dinner entertainment

The White House will host entertainment in the State Dining Room following the dinner in the East Room, featuring performances by the Ahn Trio and selections by Janelle Monáe.

Angella Ahn, Violin
Lucia Ahn, Piano
Maria Ahn, Cello

Janelle Monáe, Vocals
Terrence Brown, Keyboard
Kellis Parker Jr., Guitar
Michael Phillips, Drums
Jonathan Webb, Bass
Lance Powlis, Trumpet
Marcus Lewis, Trombone

The Ahn Trio – Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at the Juilliard School in New York City, the Ahn Trio brings a new energy and excitement to the music world. Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the Los Angeles Times, these three American sisters have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. The Ahn Trio has recorded six albums including trios by Dvorak, Suk, and Shostakovich that won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award. They have performed in all 50 States and in over 30 countries including Austria, Argentina, Germany, Korea and Turkey where they continue to share their innovative spirit and ever-evolving vision of music. The sisters are members of the Montana State University music faculty.

Janelle Monáe – A singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, Janelle Monáe’s innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll. Monáe’s debut album “The ArchAndroid” was released to widespread acclaim, earning her multiple Grammy nominations, and the Associated Press, the Guardian, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times all named the album “The #1 Album of 2010.” Monáe was also a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award and was included in the first-ever Women Who Rock exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. A dynamic performer and artistic entrepreneur, Ms. Monáe has launched her own record label called the Wondaland Arts Society and performed worldwide with artistic legends such as Stevie Wonder and Prince.

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