The Music Committee and the Theatre/Drama Committee of the National Arts Club will present Cook with her award at a private reception and dinner at the club's Manhattan home at 15 Gramercy Park South. The black-tie event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM. Previous Medal of Honor winners include Marilyn Horne, Joseph Volpe, James Galway, Roberta Peters, André Previn, Kurt Masur, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Marian Anderson, Frederica von Stade, Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein, among others.
Barbara Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man, and her one-woman show, Mostly Sondheim, was nominated for a Tony in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. Cook was most recently on the New York stage in Barbara Cook's Broadway. Both Mostly Sondheim and Barbara Cook's Broadway were recorded for DRG. Cook made her solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera, which was recently released on DRG Records.
The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by Charles de Kay. Its mission is to "stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts." For more information visit www.nationalartsclub.org.