2017 Kennedy Center Spring Gala 5.8.17
Come Together: A Celebration of John Lennon
The Kennedy Center pays tribute to musical icon John Lennon on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The evening’s program celebrates the legendary late singer’s indelible impact on musical history from his skyrocketing start with the Beatles in 1960 through his celebrated and sometimes controversial career as a solo artist until his untimely death in 1980. His musical influence transcends a single genre or generation, leaving us with visionary albums like John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Double Fantasy, and timeless ballads such as “Give Peace a Chance,” “Working Class Hero,” and “Imagine.” Hosted by actor David Duchovny, the gala performance features Corinne Bailey Rae, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Taj Mahal, Steven van Zandt, and Rennie Harris Puremovement. The executive music director of the 2017 Spring Gala is T Bone Burnett, and the music director is David Mansfield. The event is Co-Chaired by Bruce and Joyce Gates and Jim and Heather Johnson.