On December 8, 2013, Joseph Calleja gave a special surprise performance at the presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors. In a tribute to preeminent American soprano and 2013 honoree Martina Arroyo, Joseph sang the much-loved aria “Celeste Aida.” He later joined soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Army Herald Trumpets, the US Naval Academy Glee Club and alumni of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s programs for the Act II finale of the same work, one in which Arroyo was a celebrated interpreter.
Other performers and presenters at the annual ceremony honoring achievement in American culture included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Rufus Wainwright, Garth Brooks, Anna Kendrick, and Snoop Dogg.
Attended by President and Mrs. Obama as well as by Arroyo and her fellow honorees (actress Shirley MacLaine and musicians Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana), the star-studded celebration will be broadcast nationwide in a two-hour primetime special on CBS-TV on Sunday, December 29 at 9pm ET/PT (check local listings).
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