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May 8, 2009

Michael Kaiser to receive 2009 George Peabody Medal

Michael KaiserMichael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, an international arts management/rescue guru and a compelling advocate for preserving artistic quality even in the face of adversity, has been awarded the 2009 George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, presented by the Peabody Institute.

Kaiser joins a starry roster of recipients that, since 1980, has included Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones and Eubie Blake. Kaiser is described in the citation as "an impresario for the 21st century, the heir of Schikaneder, Diaghilev, Hurok, and Kirstein.” The medal will be presented during the graduation ceremony at the Peabody Institute on May 21. 

Although that ceremony is private, Kaiser will make a public appearance at 3 p.m. May 21 at the BMA, interviewed by Tom Hall to address the topic “Culture in Crisis and the Impact on the Baltimore Region’s Art Community.” Free tickets can be reserved by May 18 at missiontix.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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