The Great Ones: Artists from the Kennedy Center Honors
with Sara Lukinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker
Hear the stories and watch the films of the great artists chosen as Kennedy Center Honoree—from theater, film, dance, comedy, classical, and popular music.
From the soaring cello of Yo Yo Ma to the groundbreaking dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alvin Ailey. The changing faces of screen heroes from Bette Davis to Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck to Robert de Niro. Theater innovators from Tennessee Williams to Stephen Sondheim. Voices of song from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles. And the wild comic genius Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks.
Fridays, Mar 8–Apr 19
11 am–12:15 pm
- Mar 15: DANCE—Breaking the Mold from Ballet to Broadway
Jerome Robbins, (or Jacques D’Amboise), Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey
- Mar 22: SCREEN ACTRESSES—From Hollywood’s Golden Age to Today
Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, (or Katharine Hepburn) Meryl Streep
- Mar 29: SCREEN ACTORS—From Hollywood’s Golden Age to Today
Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Robert De Niro
- Apr 5: THEATER WIZARDS—Magic Makers and Adventures in the Theater
Tennessee Williams, Jason Robards, Stephen Sondheim
- Apr 12: LIGHT OF TOUCH—The Comic Entertainers: “Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard.”
Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks
- Apr 19: A NEW KIND OF VOICE—Singers from the American Song Book to the Blues and Rock and Roll
Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand (or Tina Turner)
Sara Lukinson is a 3-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and writer, known for her biographical films of artists, and was the long-time filmmaker and writer for the Kennedy Center Honors. Her other film portraits have been seen on American Masters, PBS, and HBO. Her personal essays have been in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima. She has also taught “Autobiography and Memoir” at the Himan Brown Senior Program.