Renowned musicians receive arts and humanities medals

March 20, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- The 2009 Institute for the Arts and Humanities Medals for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts and Humanities were awarded to world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma when they performed together at Eisenhower Auditorium on March 30.

The medals were presented by Penn State President Graham Spanier immediately following the musicians' sold-out concert. The medal recognizes the accomplishments of those individuals whose work in the arts and in the humanities has furthered public awareness and maintained the highest standards of scholarship, creativity and originality. The three outstanding musicians made their world premiere performance as a trio as part of the Center for the Performing Arts 2008-2009 season.

The IAH Medal for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts and Humanities was established in 2006. The purpose of the medal is to honor individuals whose work has helped define the best of our times and to stimulate a dialogue that reaches beyond traditional disciplinary limits.

The medal recognizes the accomplishments of those individuals whose work in the arts and in the humanities has furthered public awareness of the importance of scholarship, literature and the arts and has reached a wide public audience while maintaining the highest standards of scholarship, creativity and originality.

Previous IAH medal recipients include Salman Rushdie (novelist, essayist: 2006), Daniel Libeskind (architect: 2007) and Mario Vargas Llosa (novelist, essayist, political activist: 2008). Visit http://iah.psu.edu/programs/medal.shtml for more information on the IAH medal.

For photos from the concert, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2009 online.

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