Wednesday, September 06, 2006

dududududududududu ... The Kennedy Center Announces The 2006 Kennedy Center Honorees!!

"Tributes to music from the streets of Detroit, the mountains of Tennessee and the orchestra pits of Broadway will echo at the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors in December.

The annual awards, announced today, will go to country music legend Dolly Parton, rhythm and blues balladeer William "Smokey" Robinson, musical theater innovator Andrew Lloyd Webber and classical conductor Zubin Mehta.

In addition, the center is saluting Steven Spielberg, perhaps the most influential commercial filmmaker of his generation. Spielberg, 59, is credited as one of the inventors of the summer blockbuster in 1975 with "Jaws," which sold $100 million worth of tickets. (And while he is not best known for music, John Williams's theme for "Jaws" became the sound of terror [sic].)

Stephen A. Schwarzman, the center's chairman, said: "Andrew Lloyd Webber has led a seismic change in our musical theater becoming the most popular theater composer in the world ..."

Jacqueline Trescott "Kennedy Center Honors Announced" Washington Post September 6, 2006

Fernand Lungren

In the Abyss: Grand Canyon c. 1895/97
oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 40
Fernand Lungren Bequest, 1964.659

Image credit: University Art Museum. University of California at Santa Barbara. With thanks.


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