A long-time member of The Corporation of Yaddo, Mr. Rorem turned 80 in October and there have been numerous performances of his music throughout the world in honor of the occasion. Much of his music was written during stays at Yaddo, the last in August of this year.
Mr. Rorem, a prolific composer and writer, whom Time magazine has called "the world's best composer of art songs," has written more than 400 songs, many orchestral and chamber works, and operas. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for Air Music for Orchestra and is the recipient of a Grammy Award. In May, fellow Yaddo composer David Del Tredici presented the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Music to Mr. Rorem. The medal is awarded every six years to honor a distinguished career.
Also a celebrated essayist and diarist, Mr. Rorem's 14 books include five tell-all diaries plus a memoir and several essay collections. He won an ASCAP special recognition award in 2002 for his book A Ned Rorem Reader.
The award ceremony will be held at The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.