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Yamaha consoles share in historic moment – Pre-inaugural concert, Obama Swearing– in ceremony, and inauguration balls.


As Barack Obama took the oath of office, becoming the first African-American President of the United States, Yamaha digital consoles were specified for many of the high profile and historic events held in Washington, Los Angeles and New York.

With over 1.5 million jamming the National Mall to witness history, the Inaugural began with Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘America the Beautiful’ followed by a performance by Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill. The Swearing-In Ceremony and all the events taking place on the Capitol steps were mixed on a pair of Yamaha PM5D digital audio consoles. Audio production for the ceremony was provided by MSI (Baltimore, MD).

As people watched in public viewing areas in Los Angeles and in New York at Times Square and Rockefeller Center, Yamaha consoles were responsible for the local mix as Obama took the oath of office. From the open-to-the-public Neighborhood Ball to the Youth Ball, President Obama and the First Lady danced to several versions of the Etta James classic ‘At Last’ sung Beyonce at the Neighborhood Ball. Firehouse (NY) provided two Yamaha PM1Ds for the Icon Awards (BET), three PM1Ds for music and one PM5D for production for the Youth Ball featuring Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, and a PM1D for front of house at the “Yes We Will” Ball (BET).

The mega pre-Inaugural concert held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Sunday afternoon featured performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder among others, using a Yamaha PM1D digital audio console provided by Clair Bros. (Littiz, PA).


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