Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire and Wayne Shorter receive the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors Prize 2018

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the largest cultural center in Washington, D.C. It was posthumously named after John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.

Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded every December to selected performing artists for their lifelong contribution to American culture. The celebrations extend over a weekend and include a festive lunch at the Kennedy Center, a reception and dinner at the U.S. State Department, the presentation of medals on the ribbon at the White House by the U.S. President, and a festive evening gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

On December 2, 2018, the Kennedy Center Honors will hold its 41st annual national celebration of the arts. Artists to be honored in 2018 include singer and actress Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, country entertainer Reba McEntire and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

Philip Glass is not unknown in Europe either, some of his works have been premiered in Linz and other European cities. “Linz is my second home,” he says himself. He had a long-standing friendship with Dennis Russell Davies, former conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, which led to “two operas (Kepler; Spuren der Verirrten) and three symphonies (Nos. 8, 9 and 11) by Glass. (derstandard.at)”