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The medal has been created and cast in bronze by University of Redlands professors of art Raul Acero and Penny McElroy.

School of Music to Present First Frederick Loewe Medal for American Music

The University of Redlands School of Music is pleased to announce the creation of the new Frederick Loewe Medal for American Music, an award designed to honor a recognized statesman of American music for sustained contributions in composition, scholarship and performance.

The inaugural recipient of the Loewe Medal is Gunther Schuller, a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-award winning composer, conductor, scholar, educator and performer.

The award, intended to preserve Loewe’s contributions and support for music at the University of Redlands, will be presented by University President James Appleton during the concert “The Music of Gunther Schuller” on Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The medal has been created and cast in bronze by University of Redlands professors of art Raul Acero and Penny McElroy. It is being presented in conjunction with the new Frederick Loewe Symposium on American Music and a weeklong residency in the School of Music held the week of March 7.

Schuller, the son of a violinist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, studied theory, flute and French horn and has played horn professionally with the American Ballet Theatre, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He began his career in jazz as a French horn player with Miles Davis.

Schuller co-founded the Modern Jazz Society with John Lewis in 1955, which later became the Jazz and Classical Music Society. He coined the term “third stream” while lecturing at Brandeis University in 1957 to describe music that combined elements of Western art music and jazz, and he was central in bringing about a stylistic marriage between progressive factions of jazz and classical music.

In addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, Schuller has won two Grammy Awards, the Alice M. Ditson Conductors Award, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy and Downbeat magazine’s Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards.

About the University of Redlands School of Music: The University of Redlands and its School of Music has been closely associated with American music since its founding in 1907. A prominent stop at the end of the rail lines leading to the West Coast, concerts at the Redlands Bowl built in 1923 and performances of jazz bands and popular artists at the University's Casa Loma Room have been important elements to the region's musical life.

In 1970 Stan Kenton and His Orchestra recorded the album “Live at Redlands University” and the School of Music was the home of avant-garde composer Barney Childs from 1971 to 1993. Materials from both these artists, along with the George Sheet Music Collection (featuring over 500 printed songs from the 1900s-1930s), form the core of the University's musical archives. The School of Music and its collections are also supported by the estate of Frederick Loewe, the Oscar-winning composer who retired to nearby Palm Springs.

For more information contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

*Members of the media can contact School of Music Dean Andrew Glendening via e-mail at Andrew_Glendening@redlands.edu

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