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Gunther Schuller to Receive MacDowell Medal Posthumously

Honored for outstanding contribution to the arts

Gunther Schuller

The late composer/conductor/musician/educator Gunther Schuller will be awarded the 56th Edward MacDowell Medal posthumously on Aug. 9, it was announced by the MacDowell Colony. Presenters will include composer Yehudi Wyner, WQXR host Terrance Mcknight, McDowell Chairman Michael Chabon, MacDowell President Susan Davenport Austin and MacDowell Executive Director Cheryl Young.

Schuller died June 21.

The Edward MacDowell Medal, according to a press release, is “a national award presented annually to an American artist for outstanding contribution to the arts.” Past recipients have included Edward Hopper, Joan Didion, Merce Cunningham, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim.

The presentation begins at 11:15 a.m on Aug. 9 and is free and open to the public, rain or shine. The event will include a screening of a documentary on Schuller and a performance of Schuller’s “Aphorisms” by Electric Earth Concerts. From 2-5 p.m., open studios will be hosted by MacDowell artists-in-residence.

The ceremony takes place at the MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

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