Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a surprise attendee at a concert about her life Monday, marking her first public appearance since undergoing cancer surgery in December, The Washington Post reports.
The 85-year-old justice attended a production of “Notorious RBG in Song,” performed by her daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels. The show is based on the album of the same name, which Michaels and her husband, James Ginsburg, released last July.
The performance took place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Though Ginsburg’s appearance was not announced, Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, which sponsored the event, tweeted, “Thrilled that Justice Ginsburg attended the first concert performance of #NotoriousRBG in Song. She, Patrice Michaels, and the performance were magnificent!”
Late last year, Ginsburg had two cancerous growths removed from her left lung. Following the operation, doctors said they found no evidence of “any remaining disease” in Ginsburg’s lung or elsewhere, and a recent statement from the Supreme Court said “her recovery from surgery is on track.”
While Ginsburg missed oral arguments in January as she recovered, she is still expected to vote in those cases based on briefs and transcripts. The Supreme Court’s next scheduled public session is February 19th, though it remains unclear whether or not Ginsburg will attend. It’s also unlikely that Ginsburg will appear at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address tonight, February 5th — though health concerns aside, she may have skipped it anyway after ditching Trump’s previous two speeches to Congress as well.
Outside her duties on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s profile continues to grow thanks to projects like “Notorious RBG in Song.” Last year, Felicity Jones starred in On the Basis of Sex, a biopic about Ginsburg’s early career as an attorney with the ACLU, while Ginsburg was also the subject of the documentary, RBG, which earned two Oscar nominations, Best Documentary and Best Original Song for Diane Warren’s “I’ll Fight.”