The President and Mrs. Clinton Honor His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, and Mrs. Mbeki at a White House State Dinner
WASHINGTON, DC -- The President and Mrs. Clinton are hosting His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, and Mrs. Mbeki at a White House State Dinner on Monday, May 22, 2000. President and Mrs. Mbeki will arrive at the North Portico at 7:15 p.m.
The President and Mrs. Clinton, and President and Mrs. Mbeki, will receive guests at the base of the Grand Staircase in the Grand Foyer of the White House. Following the receiving line, the President and Mrs. Clinton will escort President and Mrs. Mbeki into the South Lawn Pavilion for dinner.
Tables in the South Lawn Pavilion will be set with gold base plates; crème china with a gold band will be used for service. Gold flatware will be set on peach chamoise (satin) tablecloths. Centerpieces of blush, pink and burgundy peonies surrounding crystal bowls with a crème candle will adorn each table. Assorted crystal votive candles will surround the centerpieces.
Following the dinner, guests will be entertained in the South Lawn Pavilion by acclaimed concert pianist, Awadagin Pratt.
A highly acclaimed concert pianist, Awadagin Pratt has become an icon and role model for the next generation of concert artists. His musical insights and intense performances have brought tremendous accolades from around the world.
Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Mr. Pratt began studying piano at the age of 6. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Illinois where he focused on piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he made history by becoming the first student at the Peabody Conservatory to receive diplomas in piano, violin and conducting.
In 1992, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition, making him an overnight musical star. Two years later he was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. These prestigious awards catapulted his career, leading to performances in many of the major orchestra houses in the United States. In 1996, Mr. Pratt made his international debut in Japan, which included recitals in Osaka and Tokyo's Suntory Hall. He has subsequently appeared with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel and has played recitals at the Tonhalle in Zurich and in Capetown, South Africa.
One of the most talented instrumental musicians of the 21st century, Awadagin Pratt was named by Ebony Magazine as one of 50 Leaders of Tomorrow. A master of the interpretation of classical music, Mr. Pratt's contribution to the musical world has only just begun.
It is with great honor that President and Mrs. Clinton welcome this brilliant and gifted musician to the White House on this special evening.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S GIFT TO HIS EXCELLENCY THABO MBEKI, PRESIDENT OF
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA:
MRS. CLINTON'S GIFT TO MRS. MBEKI:
OFFICIAL DELEGATION GIFT:
PRESIDENT MBEKI'S GIFT TO THE PRESIDENT:
MRS. MBEKI'S GIFT TO MRS. CLINTON:
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