2011 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced
Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:53 AM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:46 AM
The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday, salute four architects of music: the improvisational saxophone of Sonny Rollins, the Broadway warmth of soprano Barbara Cook, the tender cello of Yo-Yo Ma and the pulsing anthems of Neil Diamond.
The center has also selected Meryl Streep, who has sung in a few movies and on Broadway but is much better known for her flawless interpretations of diverse characters over the past 35 years.
Posted 08 September 2011 - 11:21 AM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 11:36 AM
Maybe Ma will invite Condoleezza Rice to accompany him again.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:10 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:43 PM
I was impressed by the amount of time CBS gave to the band paying tribute to Rollins, and to its two tenor saxophonists, Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane, who did some serious blowing. As a point of comparison, it was as if for the Balanchine tribute in 1978 they had broadcast bits of Agon and Kammermusik # 2.
I enjoyed it- skipped the saxophone player.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:29 PM
Thanks, kfw. What did you think of the broadcast overall?
Come on, people. I can't believe only two of you saw it.......
Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:46 PM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:32 AM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:33 AM
It doesn't surprise me that the Diamond segment was successful. I was dragged to one of his concerts many years ago and had an unexpectedly good time. He's written a ludicrous number of hits and he's an energetic stage performer. Hard man to dislike whatever you think of his music.
I think Anne Hathaway would be great on the stage. Did she sing? She has a voice.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:23 AM
I have to disagree about Glenn Close. I thought she was the only person in the Cook tribute who had a poor voice. So many divas on one stage!
Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:40 AM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 12:33 PM
No they didn't. Of course hard drug use for jazz musicians in the 50's was practically de rigeur, and addiction an occupational hazard.
Btw, they didn't gloss over sensitive issues like drug use for Mr. Rollins and alcohol and depression for Barbara Cook.
Not a lot stood out for me this year, although I enjoyed everything except the Diamond segment (but I agree, you can't not like the guy), which I fast-forwarded through. One of the funniest moments was when Stephen Colbert came out to begin the Yo-Yo Ma tribute, stopped and waved, then strode offstage, reappearing quickly and miming a great "The podium's over there? OK." I've still never seen a funnier KC Honors speech than what Steve Martins gave for Paul Simon in 2002.
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