22 September 2016
Gustavo Dudamel delivers keynote speech for recipients of National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
In Washington, DC on September 22, Gustavo Dudamel delivered the keynote speech for the 2015 National Medal of Arts recipients and National Humanities Medalists, who received their awards from President Barack Obama at the White House earlier that day.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the United States government, awarded to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition because of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the U.S. This year's awardees include Mel Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Morgan Freeman, Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Moises Kaufman, Ralph Lemon, Audra McDonald, Luis Valdez and Jack Whitten.
A wind quintet composed of members of the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) also performed at the dinner, playing arrangements of Gershwin’s Prelude No. 1 and Abreu’s Tico-Tico no Fubá.