Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas was among the artists celebrated for their lifetime achievements at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala on December 8, which will be televised on CBS on Sunday, December 15, at 8 p.m. ET. The other 2019 honorees are Earth, Wind & Fire; Sally Field; Linda Ronstadt; and Sesame Street. The tribute to Tilson Thomas included a performance by more than 40 alumni of the New World Symphony, conducted by NWS alumnus and Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, and also featured Audra McDonald and Yuja Wang as well as Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who recently collaborated with Tilson Thomas as part of Metallica and San Francisco Symphony’s S&M2 concert. Tilson Thomas co-founded NWS 32 years ago as a training ground for emerging classical musicians. In Miami Beach, New World Symphony and CBS4 Miami will host a free viewing party in SoundScape Park, where the telecast will be projected onto the 7,000-square-foot eastern façade of the New World Center. The outdoor event will include brief on-site performances by NWS Fellows and interviews with CBS4 Entertainment Reporter Lisa Petrillo. Visit the CBS website for more information.

Posted December 13, 2019