Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 29, 1996

On Music: David Zinman Honored With Peabody Medal

     The Peabody Institute bestowed its highest honor--The George
Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in 
America--on Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director David
Zinman Thursday night.

     The evening began with Peabody director Robert Sirota
presenting the medal to Zinman prior to the orchestra's
performance of the Berlioz Requiem. It continued with Peabody
students participating in the performance as members of the
orchestra and chorus.

     Wynton Marsalis, the other 1996 medal winner, will receive
his honor at Peabody's commencement ceremony in May.

     The George Peabody Medal, given for the first time in 1980,
honors individuals who in themselves display the richness and
diversity of music in America. Recipients may be composers or
performers in styles ranging from classical to popular; authors
and scholars who have contributed original and significant
writings; or politicians and patrons who have supported musical
causes and institutions. 

     Zinman has directed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 10
years. The citation recognizes his decade of achievement,
bringing the BSO "to new heights of excellence, artistry,
creativity and reputation through national and international
tours, recordings, broadcasts, collaborations with leading
soloists, first performances and recordings of new works.

     Previous winners have included Leonard Bernstein and Eubie
Blake (1980), Benny Goodman (1982), Ella Fitzgerald (1983),
Joseph Meyerhoff (1985), Steven Muller (1990) and Dominick
Argento (1993).

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