Composer Charles Strouse, ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Karen Sherry and ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award recipient Lee Adams.
The eighth annual ASCAP Foundation Awards reception was held on December 3rd at the Walter Reade Theater at Manhattan's Lincoln Center. Honors were presented to a wide variety of Award, Scholarship, Fellowship and Residency recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. The evening was highlighted by three awards given to musical veterans Lee Adams, Ned Rorem and George David Weiss.
The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award was presented to Broadway lyricist Lee Adams for his lifetime achievement in the American musical theater. Adams is the lyricist of the Broadway classics Bye Bye Birdie; Applause; Golden Boy; and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman! (all with music by Charles Strouse). Adams’ catalog of songs includes “Put on a Happy Face,” “You’ve Got Possibilities,” “Applause,” “Once Upon a Time” and the theme to the TV classic, All in the Family, “Those Were the Days.” Charles Strouse made the award presentation to his friend and collaborator. Mr. Adams’ career was celebrated musically by vocalist Susan Egan, who sang, “How Lovely to Be a Woman” from Bye Bye Birdie.
Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem, who turned 80 earlier this year, received the ASCAP Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Concert Music. His works include Poems of Love and the Rain, Sun, Letters from Paris, String Symphony, Goodbye My Fancy, Spring Music, and the Pulitzer-winning Air Music. Rorem is particularly renowned for his art songs, including the song cycle, Evidence of Things Not Seen. In addition, Rorem is celebrated as an author, memoirist and educator. Rorem’s friend and fellow composer John Corigliano made the presentation. Tenor Scott Murphree paid musical tribute to Rorem with the performance of two of the composer’s art songs.
Songwriter George David Weiss has enjoyed success on the pop, country and R&B charts, as well as in the areas of musical theater and film. Weiss’s catalog includes such standards as “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Oh, What It Seemed to Be,” “Mr. Wonderful,” “Let’s Put It All Together,” “Too Close for Comfort,” and “What a Wonderful World.” Weiss’s Broadway hits include Mr. Wonderful and First Impressions. He has also been active in the fight to protect the rights of music creators as a past president of the Songwriters Guild of America. Songwriting great Jimmy Webb presented the award to Weiss as entertainer David Johansen performed two of Weiss’s biggest hits: “Lullaby of Birdland” and “What a Wonderful World.”
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after the estate of Jack Norworth, writer of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” left
a bequest with instructions to create a program to honor and support young
songwriters and composers. Since that time, The ASCAP Foundation has been
the fortunate recipient of many gifts and bequests from ASCAP members and
music lovers throughout the country. If you are interested in establishing
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Other Foundation Recipients
Honored on December 3
Louis Armstrong Scholarship (Queens College) –
Boosey & Hawkes Award Honoring Aaron Copland – Steven Long
Leiber & Stoller Scholarship – Krystian Suber
Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood –
Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship – Jon-Michael Ball and Charles Schiermeyer
Max Dreyfus Scholarship (NYU Tisch) – Kori Withers
Fellowship for Composition and Film Scoring at Aspen Music Festival and School – Mark Wedin
Henry Mancini Music Scholarships – Dave Chiappetta, Chanda Y. Dancy and Bryan Knox
Dreyfus/Warner Chappell/CCNY Scholarship –
Ira Gershwin Scholarship (LaGuardia HS) – Izumi Miyahara and Kwan Yi
Frederick Loewe Scholarship (NYU Tisch) –
Morton Gould Young Composer/Kaplan Award –
New York University Film Studies Fellowship – Susan Frye
Rudolf Nissim Prize – Daniel Kellogg
Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award – Peter Mills