Handel Medallion

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Handel Medallion
Location New York City, New York
Country United States
Presented by The City of New York, New York, United States
Reward Medallion
First awarded 1959

The Handel Medallion is an American award presented by the City of New York, New York. It is the city's highest award given to individuals for their contribution to the city's intellectual and cultural life.


The award was first issued in 1959 to Virginia Portia Royall Inness-Brown, upon the 200th anniversary of the death of George Handel (1685–1759), the German-British Baroque composer, noted for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

Award winners[edit]

Year Recipient Notes
1959 Virginia Portia Royall Inness-Brown (1901–1990)
1965 Joseph B. Martinson (1914–1970) [1]
1967 Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), William Schuman
1969 Claire Raphael Reis
1970 George Balanchine, Aaron Copland, Alice Tully
1971 Joseph Papp
1972 Harold Arlen, Charlie Chaplin, Elia Kazan
1973 Duke Ellington, Melissa Hayden, Lincoln Kirstein, Oratorio Society of New York, Beverly Sills
1976 George Abbott, Margot Fonteyn, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins
1977 Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein ,[2][3]
1978 Elliot Carter
1980 Marilyn Horne
1981 Lena Horne
1982 John Lennon
1985 Leontyne Price
1986 Alexandra Danilova, Antony Tudor
1988 Alvin Ailey [4]
1989 Charles Wadsworth
1993 Robert Merrill, Arthur Mitchell
1997 Skitch Henderson (1918–2005) [5]
1999 Merce Cunningham
2002 Licia Albanese, Roberta Peters
2011 Stephen Sondheim [6]

Years unknown:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PDF (January 12, 1965). [1] "Text of Speech by Mayor Robert F. Wagner at Reception Meeting of the New York Shakespeare Festival"]. Robert F. Wagner Documents Collection Retrieved October 27, 2104.
  2. ^ Quindlen, Anna (February 28, 1977), "Marian Anderson Honored at 75 by Carnegie Hall Concert", The New York Times: 24 
  3. ^ "Filled with Emotion", The New York Times, November 22, 1977, retrieved April 15, 2012 
  4. ^ http://www.alvinailey.org/about/history
  5. ^ Press release (December 8, 1997). "Mayor Presents Handel Medallion to Skitch Henderson – Founder of New York Pops Receives City's Highest Cultural Award". Mayor of New York City's Press Office. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Cohen, Patricia (October 10, 2011). "Sondheim to Receive New York City Arts Honor". The New York Times.