Best. Inauguration. Ever?

Guess who’s performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration?

The amazing grace that is Aretha Franklin, who in this video sings one of the best songs ever to be plucked out of the musical streams, Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”:

And forming a quartet are:

The pianist Gabriela Montero, who in this video asks the audience for a German song and proceeds to spin gold out of it:

The clarinetist Anthony McGill, who in this video dances circles round the soprano Susan Graham:

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who in this video gets Bach for the ages:

The violinist Itzhak Perlman, who in this video sheds tears from his violin:

They will be performing an original composition by John Williams, whose theme from “The Patriot” rang out across Grant Park on the night of Obama’s election:

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