Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will make an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” tonight, a rare confluence of pop culture and the higher arts. (This type of thing used to happen all the time in the good old days of Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.)

I’m not quite certain of the details. I read somewhere that she will play something by Gershwin, with her ex-husband Andre Previn accompanying her at the piano. Her performance will presumably come at the end of the show and I would doubt that Letterman will sit her down for an interview, which is too bad because she’s a lively one and a knockout.

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UPDATE: See video of her appearance here