Lyric Opera of Chicago’s creative consultant and all-around amazing soprano Renée Fleming will be one of the 12 artists to whom President Obama will present a 2012 National Medal of Arts at the White House this afternoon around 12 pm EDT. Fleming is being honored for her contributions to American music. In addition to receiving the award, the president will read a citation:
Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms. Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.
Other honorees will include Tijuana Brass trumpeter and A&M Records founder Herb Alpert, founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company Joan Myers Brown, and movie director George Lucas.
The medals are awarded as part of the National Endowment for the Arts. To date, the organization has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
Live streaming video of the event is available at whitehouse.gov/live and will also be archived on the website.
Photo courtesy Decca. Credit: Andrew Eccles
Update: A video of the ceremony is available below.
- Video: Obama Presents National Medal of the Arts to Renée Fleming, Tony Kushner (wqxr.org)
- Obama to Present Arts and Humanities Medals on Wednesday (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Allen Toussaint And Herb Alpert To Be Honored At White House (noise11.com)
- Renee Fleming to be honoured by President Obama (artsjournal.com)
- Renee Fleming scoops the big one (intermezzo.typepad.com)