League Luncheon and Annual Meeting (VIDEO)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:30 pm 1:45 pm $15

Join us for the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting, which will include an address by President and CEO Jesse Rosen; an announcement about SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras; the presentation of the Gold Baton and Helen M. Thompson awards; and a performance by American Idol Season 6 Finalist Melinda Doolittle. Emceed by Peabody Award winning broadcaster and producer, Elliott Forrest.

Address by Jesse Rosen: The New Work of Orchestras (transcript)

Welcome by Elliott Forrest

Jennifer Boomgaarden PhotoPresentation of the Helen M. Thompson Award by Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras to Jennifer Boomgaarden, executive director, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

The Helen M. Thompson Award is given to orchestra managers and music directors in alternate years. The award was created in 1981 to celebrate the life and work of Helen M. Thompson, who dramatically advanced and promoted the cause of the symphony orchestra in the United States. Beginning in 1943, her 27 years of inspired leadership and service to the League encouraged smaller budget orchestras to develop high standards and to serve their communities well. The award particularly recognizes her support and encouragement of managers and music directors early in their careers. This year’s award recognizes Jennifer Boomgaarden’s exceptional leadership, dedication, and accomplishment as an executive director.

Anne-Marie SoullierePresentation of the Gold Baton Award by Mark Volpe, managing director, Boston Symphony Orchestra to Anne-Marie Soullière, retired president, Fidelity Foundation

Given annually for distinguished service to America’s orchestras, the Gold Baton is the League’s highest honor. Since 1948, the Gold Baton has recognized individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.

The League of American Orchestras is pleased to honor retired Fidelity Foundation president Anne-Marie Soullière for a lifetime of passionate support for music, enlightened leadership of the Fidelity Foundation, and wise, sympathetic counsel to numerous musical leaders.

Annual Meeting hosted by Patricia A. Richards, chair, Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras

News from SHIFT: A Festival of American Music (presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras) by Jenny Bilfield, president and CEO, Washington Performing Arts, and Deborah F. Rutter, president, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Showcase by Melinda Doolittle
According to Simon Cowell and audiences alike, Melinda Doolittle is the “one who should have won” American Idol.

Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. She has even shared the stage with the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.

Filled with songs ranging from your favorite American Standards to Top 40 Hits, the Soul Songstress brings her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage in a show called It Must Be Love. Thrilling audiences of all ages, Doolittle reminds America why they voted for her, and proves that the audience always wins.

AEA Consulting is generously sponsoring the League Annual Meeting and President’s address at the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 28th.

JRA Fine Arts is generously sponsoring the luncheon showcase at the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 28th.