May 26th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Regina Spektor to perform at White House

The White House is rapidly becoming one of the best places to catch a great live performance these days.

Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and the cast of "Glee" have all been there for a performance or two, and now the First Couple has tapped Regina Spektor to perform at the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

The celebration, scheduled to take place on Thursday, will feature a variety of guests, including prominent Jewish American business leaders, athletes, writers and members of Congress.

The musician - currently on an international tour for her latest album, “far" - expressed her gratitude in a statement.

"Having moved to America from Soviet Russia as a child with my family, we dreamed of reconnecting with our religious traditions and of making America our home," Spektor said.

"Having lived here for over twenty years, it is an unimaginable honor to be invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to an event celebrating Jewish Americans, and to be counted among them," she added. "Nothing in the world could make us feel more accepted and at home!"

Filed under: Celebrities • Music

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  1. Interesting

    Never heard of her. And if she is playing for Hussein I hope I never do again.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Are you serious? Still hung up on the "Hussein" part? I am not a huge fan of Obama, but I sure as heck am not going to stoop to a low level such as yours to belittle the President or anyone associated with him. It clearly shows your lack of respect and class when you go out on a limb to make comments like that.

      Hopefully, as with Sarah Palin on TV, I hope we never hear of or see you around the forums ever again.

      May 27, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • kronoslinger

      come on she's got a great voice!! and can play the piano...etc

      January 13, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Georgiegirl

    The first time I saw her was on the Dave Letterman Show....I recorded the show and must have played it back numerous times in the following few months until I purchased her CD...I think she is an exceptional artist and is as pretty as she is talented. I'm am very happy that she will be performing at the White House, she deserves the honor.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. millie

    Why would anybody want to?

    May 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |

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