Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has been named the 54th recipient of the MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement, according to the New York Times.
The historic artists' colony in Peterborough, NH, named for musicians Edward and Marian MacDowell, presents the annual honor to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field. The award is rotated among the seven artistic disciplines nurtured at the colony. Sondheim will receive the honor Aug. 11.
"This is not only a wonderful honor, but a sort of homecoming to me, as I spent much of my piano-playing childhood beginning with 'To a Wild Rose' and working my way up to the Second Piano Sonata," Sondheim said, referencing the compositions of Edward MacDowell.
Sondheim is the first composer-lyricist whose work is dedicated to musical theatre to receive the honor. Leonard Bernstein received the MacDowell Medal in 1987. Additional theatre artists to receive the honor include Edward Albee, Thornton Wilder and Lillian Hellman.