FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 11, 2012
CONTACT: NINA PERLOVE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2012 INDUCTEES
The American Classical Music Hall of Fame announced its class of 2012 Inductees at its Walk the Walk Gala on Wed. Oct 10, 2012. At a catered event in Washington Park with approximately 200 guests in attendance, Executive Director Dr. Nina Perlove announced that the 2012 Inductees are Steve Reich (composer), Emanuel Ax (performer), Dale Warland and David Zinman (conductors), Opera America (organization), Nadia Boulanger (educator) and Beaux Arts Trio and the Philadelphia Orchestra (ensembles) (see attachment). These eight new inductees will have their names engraved in the Walk of Fame in Washington Park in front of Music Hall and they will be featured on the organization’s main website www.americanclassicalmusic.org as well as on the interactive Walk of Fame in Washington Park at www.classicalwof.org. The Hall of Fame will work with the inductees to select events where medallions can be presented to them.
Founded in 1996 by Cincinnatian David Klingshirn, The American Classical Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the many facets of American classical music. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those who have made significant contributions to American classi-cal music and by doing so aspires to sustain and build interest in American classical music.
In May 1998 the first induction took place at Cincinnati’s Historic Music Hall during a concert by the United States Marine Band. This event marked the launch of the Hall of Fame as an award-granting body.
Wednesday’s Walk the Walk Gala event was the official presentation of the Walk of Fame and interac-tive classical jukebox and dancing fountain as a gift to the city of Cincinnati. Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls was present to receive the gift on behalf of the city. The American Classical Music Walk of Fame was built with funds and in-kind support from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, 3CDC, The City of Cincinnati, InfoTrust LLC, 90.0 FM WGUC and ArtsWave.
For more information about The American Classical Music Hall of Fame contact Nina Perlove at www.americanclassicalmusic. org.
The American Classical Music Hall of Fame Class of 2012
- Choral Conductor Dale Warland, the founder of the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers and a champion of contemporary American composers of choral music.
- Composer Steve Reich, one of the pioneers of minimalism, a style of music using repetitive patterns. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his Double Sextet.
- Emanuel Ax, who was born in Lvov, Poland, one of the premier pianists of our time. He has appeared as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including regular appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and is a Grammy-winning recording artist.
- Conductor David Zinman, the former music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1985-98) and 1985 to 2009 director of the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival. He is a noted mentor and teacher of conductors, and his recordings have won five Grammy Awards.
- The Beaux Arts Trio, which was founded in 1955 and set the standard in literature for piano trio until the final concerts in 2008. Founding pianist Menahem Pressler remained through several constellations of members and is still an active performer on the international con-cert scene.
- Composer, conductor and educator Nadia Boulanger, a native of France, who taught many important American composers, including Aaron Copland and Philip Glass. She was the first woman to conduct the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.
- The Philadelphia Orchestra, which has cultivated its own “Philadelphia sound” under a dis-tinctive roster of conductors.
- Opera America, a national service organization for 150 professional company members.
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