Kennedy Center Honors go to Michael Tilson Thomas, “Sesame Street,” Linda Ronstadt, Earth Wind & Fire, Sally Field

Posted on: July 19, 2019

“Weather aside, it will be a sunny day in December at the Kennedy Center Honors, when Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of ‘Sesame Street’ make history as the first television program to receive the nation’s performing arts award,” writs Peggy McGlone in Thursday’s (7/18) Washington Post. “Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and R&B band Earth Wind & Fire will also be recognized for their lifetime achievements…. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is the fifth honoree…. The unusual selection of ‘Sesame Street’ comes during its 50th-anniversary year, a great moment to celebrate the groundbreaking show, said Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter…. As a young musician, [Tilson] Thomas, 74, worked with such musical giants as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland before becoming an assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while still in his 20s. He is the co-founder of the New World Symphony, a Florida-based orchestral academy that has nurtured the careers of thousands of musicians. Thomas became music director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995 and will step down next year.…. ‘I am standing with all kinds of wonderful people of new generations and trying to connect the past and the present to get to an exciting future,’ he said.” The Honors telecast is scheduled for Dec. 15.

In photo: Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony.

Posted July 19, 2019