Yo-Yo-Ma, Barbara Cook among those receiving 2011 Kennedy Center Honors
By Tim Smith
Sep 07, 2011 | 7:32 AM
The recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors include two giants of classical music and the musical theater: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and vocal artist Barbara Cook. Excellent choices by any measure.
Yo-Yo Ma has not just maintained a compelling level of artistry, but also has helped spread the gospel of classical music and reached out across many a cultural boundary with his extraordinary Silk Road Project.
Barbara Cook not only left a brilliant imprint on the musical theater, and also remains one of the most insightful and moving interpreters of that repertoire and the rest of the Great American Songbook.
Not that the rest of the Honors list isn't also top-drawer:
Singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins, and actress Meryl Streep.
The 34th annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala will be held Dec. 4 and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 27.