By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on August 04, 2013 10:33 AM
On August 11, Tony Award winning songwriter Stephen Sondheim will be honored with the 54th Edward MacDowell Medal during a ceremony at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. A national award presented each year to an American artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts, the MacDowell Medal has previously gone to such distinguished artists as Joan Didion, Edward Hopper, Merce Cunningham, and Sondheim's writing partner on West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein. Stephen Sondheim will receive the medal during a day-long event taking place from 11am to 5pm. Free and open to the public, the event will include appearances from company chairman Michael Chabon and author/theater critic Frank Rich. Sondheim's numerous Broadway credits as a composer and lyricist include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Company, Follies, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sunday in the Park with George.