On Sunday the 6th of December this year, Angela Gheorghiu will perform in a Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, in an event to be broadcast on CBS. Ms. Gheorghiu will actually pay tribute to Grace Bumbry who will receive the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors, which is the highest honor a performing artist can receive in the USA. The other honorees are Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Robert DeNiro and Dave Brubeck. The audience at the Kennedy Center that will also include the President of the USA and the First Lady.
When Gheorgy met Obamy! In addition to the highly-deserving Miss Bumbry, the list of 2009 honorees rounds out with Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen. The honorees are nominated by a list that includes other ~classical luminaries~ like Barbara Cook, Thomas Hampson, Herbie Hancock, Evgeny Kissin, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Suzanne Farrell, and Zubin Mehta. The Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS on Tuesday, December 29th at 9pm.