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The Dartmouth Aires did not let the temperate climate of Washington, D.C., preclude them from celebrating an early "white" Christmas on Friday, when the a cappella group performed at the White House as part of its winter tour. The Aires sang holiday favorites and some of their arrangements from NBC’s “The Sing-Off” for the last of a series of private holiday parties held by President Barack Obama.

Danny Freeman ’13 had established contacts with the White House when he interned for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ’88, D-N.Y., during the summer after his freshman year. Through those contacts, Freeman secured a spot for the Aires at Friday’s party.

Many of Obama's close friends, the entire White House staff and decorated U.S. soldiers returning from war were among the guests on Friday, according to Freeman.  

At the event, the Aires sang Christmas favorites such as “Let it Snow” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” as well as two popular “Sing-Off” renditions: “Animal” by Neon Trees and “Pinball Wizard” by The Who.

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