Midori Receives Kennedy Center Honor Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement
January 15, 2021
Congratulations to Midori! In recognition for lifetime artistic achievement, she has been selected as an Honoree for the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center will be broadcast on the CBS Network as a primetime special on June 6, 2021.
“Artists have a singular responsibility, through our work and deeds, to echo and mirror our society and serve its needs. As a new chapter of life is about to begin for all of us, I especially feel the current moment’s necessities and opportunities to explore a spring of new and preserved energies and discoveries, to play my part in seeking various avenues and forms of creativity and recovery. From an early age, I have been gifted with extraordinary experiences. I consider them to be my treasure and fortune that I might now draw upon. I wish to accomplish much going forward. My plans are to be making music again, in both pioneering and traditional ways, to sing out and to stir what lies within us, to describe mysteries, of the heart and of the mind. So, in the spirit of peace and connectivity through this country and the world, I am thrilled to be a recipient of one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, as we, together, reach toward renewed expression of the dreams and hopes that unify us all.” — Midori
The press release issued by The Kennedy Center Honors on January 13, 2021 states that “the Honors recipients recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts—whether in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television—are confirmed by the Executive Committee of the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.”
For more information about the Kennedy Center Honorees, visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/honors/2020-honorees/