Composer, musician Sonny Rollins honored
By Casey Farrar
Published: Monday, August 16, 2010
PETERBOROUGH — An aura of cool hung in the air Sunday as The MacDowell Colony honored jazz composer and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins during its annual Medal Day celebration.
Rollins, 79, was the 51st artist to be awarded the medal and the first jazz composer to be recognized by the colony for “an outstanding contribution to the arts,” according to the colony’s website.
Rollins told an audience of about 1,600 people he was humbled by the honor.
“Every time people tell me I help make their lives a little better, why then I realize that I’ve come full circle,” he said. “I love (music) for myself, but if I can give something to somebody else then that’s perfect.”
The MacDowell Colony was founded in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, Marian. Each year, artists are selected from all over the country and world to stay for free at one of the colony’s 32 studios as an artist-in-residence.
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