George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Eagles win Kennedy Center Honors

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Cicely Tyson and George Lucas Among Expanded Class of Kennedy Center Honorees.

So when Tyson — a veteran of stage and screen who won Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All — learnt that she had been selected as an honouree by the John F.Were it not for both index fingers being broken in a rugby game at age 12, Seiji Ozawa, then a fledgling concert pianist, might not have turned to composition and conducting.The Kennedy Center Honors announced that the 2015 event will pay tribute to George Lucas, American rock band Eagles, Carole King, Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. “The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, the news was, well, unexpected. “I did not go speechless; I went breathless,” she said on Tuesday. “And I just said to myself, ‘My dear, you had better start breathing.

Now after a brilliant career, highlighted primarily by serving at the helm of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years, Ozawa has been named one of the this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees. Otherwise you are not going to be here to accept this incredible honour.’” Tyson, 90, will be one of six artists recognised at the 38th annual Kennedy Centre Honours in December. Ozawa, 80, known for trading in the stuffy attire of an orchestra conductor for white turtlenecks and flowing hair, brought both a modern style and Asian flair to the podium. Boston-based critic Michael Steinberg described first seeing Ozawa in 1964 as observing ” …a kind of lightness and grace that was in the music-making, but above all a physical gift for conducting that I’ve never seen surpassed by any other conductor.” In Ozawa, Steinberg saw “an incredible current of energy that seemed to begin in the small of the back and flow up the spine and across the shoulders, along the arms, through the hands all the way to the point of the stick, and into the air beyond.

It was a beautiful thing to watch.” Before Boston, Ozawa made his mark across North America with stints as an assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Von Karajan. The programme has been criticised for the secretive process through which it chooses artists, who are honoured with medals bestowed by the secretary of state and seats beside the president at the gala. (The gala is set for December 6.) Some have pointed to a lack of racial diversity, leading the Honours in 2013 to expand its nominating committee and accept recommendations from the public — an effort it has continued to focus on, said Deborah F.

Born into a Japanese family living in Manchuria when it was an occupied province in China, Ozawa’s family returned to Japan where his musical studies began at age 7. The centre is also trying to expand the awards’ reach with a Facebook mini-essay contest, using the hashtag #SendMeToHonors: One winner will be chosen by popular vote to receive gala tickets. Moreno, 83, an actress and singer who played Anita in the film West Side Story and who has won each of the major American entertainment awards — the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — said that as a Puerto Rican, she struggled against discrimination and typecasting. “I believed that I really had very little value, that I was inferior to a lot of people,” she said Tuesday. “I guess in a way you’re being rewarded for persevering, literally dusting yourself off and keep moving.” Lucas, 71, the Star Wars filmmaker, said in a statement that he is “a storyteller at heart.” David M Rubenstein, the Kennedy Centre’s chairman, said Lucas’s movies “have enriched our world with stories of epic adventure.” King, 73, is the Grammy-winner behind dozens of popular songs including You’ve Got a Friend and Natural Woman.

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