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Vissi D'Arte for the Honorees


Kennedy Awards Gala took place last evening in Washington DC, at the Kennedy Center. The 5 Honorees, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry (big, nice picture of all of them HERE) were paid tribute by friends and colleagues. The president Obama and his wife attended the Gala after hosting a reception at the White House earlier in the evening.
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There's a short video of this reception HERE. Wait 20 seconds and then the video will start.
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Angela Gheorghiu paid tribute to Grace Bumbry. She "made her Kennedy Center debut with breathtaking performance of the aria "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's "Tosca." It's the same song Miss Bumbry herself sang in tribute to Marian Anderson during the very first Kennedy Center Honors 32 years ago" (Washington Post)
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EDIT: The article says "Vissi D'arte" but the short video from the post above contains a fragment from Carmen, "Habanera"
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Among other famous people on stage: Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone, Harvey Keitel, Ben Stiller, Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Melissa Etheridge and Aretha Franklin.
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Two reviews published this morning:
@All pictures belong to washingtontimes.com

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