The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) inducted ASCAP composer Elliot Goldenthal into the NYFA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 23rd at Espace in Manhattan. Goldenthal was inducted alongside author and co-director of the Acquavella Gallery Michael Findlay, filmmaker Mira Nair and visual artist Fred Wilson.
The NYFA Hall of Fame was created to both honor the work of artists to whom NYFA provided critical support early in their careers and recognize philanthropists and patrons of the arts who have had an impact of the City’s cultural community.
Elliot Goldenthal (NYFA Fellow in Music Composition, 1989) creates works for orchestra, theater, opera, ballet and film. In 2006, his original two-act opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera, and was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music. He was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre to compose a three-act ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1997. His large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Frida and received an Oscar nomination for the film’s original song and previous Oscar nominations for his music for Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins. He has also received two Golden Globe nominations, three Grammy Award nominations and a Tony Award nomination. The Joffrey Ballet’s season concludes this spring in Chicago with Lar Lubovitch’s three-act ballet Othello with music by Goldenthal. The production opened to rave reviews and runs through May 5th. Goldenthal is composing the original music for a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be directed by Taymor for Theatre for a New Audience this Fall. Mr. Goldenthal was introduced by soprano Jessye Norman.
One of the few not-for-profit organizations in the country to serve artists in all disciplines, the mission of NYFA is to empower artists at critical stages of their creative lives. NYFA serves artists through funding, professional development, information and resources. Since its founding in 1971, NYFA has awarded more than $30 million to individual artists and small and mid-size organizations. Artspire, its fiscal sponsorship program, is one of the oldest, largest and most respected in the country and, since 1973, has helped artists and emerging arts organizations raise and manage more than $50 million. NYFA also provides entrepreneurial training to over 2,500 artists annually, giving them the skills they need to create their own opportunities and take control of their careers. In response to Hurricane Sandy, NYFA awarded over $1.5 million to nearly 400 artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.