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Rapper Common To Host National Tree Lighting Ceremony

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced thatHip-Hop  artist and actor Common will host the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.

In addition, ten-year-old “America’s Got Talent” soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho and singer-songwriter Jim James, from rock group My Morning Jacket, will perform at the event, which will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. on the Ellipse at President’s Park inWashington, D.C.

The ceremony will usher in the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed LIVE online at http://www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout the month of December.

Common, Jackie Evancho and Jim James join previously announced artists including blues legend B.B. King, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles, and Grammy®-award winning band Maroon 5 for the 87th anniversary of the event.

The star-studded line up will offer a diverse and entertaining program of traditional holiday music and other surprises yet to be announced.

For more information about the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit http://www.thenationaltree.org.

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