Yuja Wang celebrates the five Honorees who will receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements on December 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Recipients to be honored at the 42nd annual national celebration of the arts are R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children’s television program Sesame Street, and conductor and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas.
The star-studded celebration will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 42nd consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 15, at 8 p.m. ET. Ms. Wang previously paid tribute to honoree Martha Argerich, performing at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors.
Of the honorees, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated: “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages, and continents; Sesame Street continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world; and Michael Tilson Thomas goes far beyond keeping score: he has shaped American music and musical institutions for the 21st century.” (The Kennedy Center)