Skip directly to content
Browse by:
  • Monday, September 9, 2013
    Watch: Stephen Sondheim Featured on "PBS NewsHour"

    Stephen Sondheim, who was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in August, discussed the award and much more on PBS NewsHour last night. While at The MacDowell Colony in Petersborough, New Hampshire, to receive the award last month, the composer spoke with Jeffrey Brown, NewsHour's chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society, about the honor and the danger of resting on one's laurels. It is a topic, in fact, that Sondheim addressed in his acceptance speech.

    "That’s the trouble with awards for a body of work," Sondheim said in the speech, as cited in the NewsHour report. "They always come at both a good time and a wrong time. Good because they tell you what you’ve been doing was worth the doing and wrong because they ought to come when you’re young and excited and hungry for assurance that what you’re doing is worth the doing."

    Brown also spoke with writer Frank Rich, the former New York Times theater critic, who was the chairman of the Edward MacDowell Medal Selection Committee and introduced Sondheim at the ceremony.

    "I'd argue that he single-handedly has kept the modern musical theater in a serious place," Rich tells Brown. "It could have gone in a way where it could've just petered out or just been all frivolous, lowest common denominator. Sondheim kept the path of saying, 'You can do Sweeney Todd; you can do Pacific Overtures; you can do Sunday in the Park with George."

    Watch the PBS NewsHour feature below. For more on Stephen Sondheim's Edward MacDowell award celebration, read the coverage in last month's Nonesuch Journal.

    Journal Articles:Artist NewsVideoTelevision

Enjoy This Post?

Share This Post

Watch: Stephen Sondheim Featured on "PBS NewsHour"

Browse by:
nonesuch's picture
on September 9, 2013 - 5:12pm
Article Type: 
Publish date: 
Monday, September 9, 2013 - 13:30
Excerpt: 

Stephen Sondheim, who was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in August, discussed the award and much more on PBS NewsHour last night. While at The MacDowell Colony to receive the award last month, the composer spoke with Jeffrey Brown, NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the honor and the danger of resting on one's laurels. Writer Frank Rich, who was the chairman of the medal selection committee, tells the show: "I'd argue that he single-handedly has kept the musical theater in a serious place." Watch the PBS NewsHour feature here.

Copy: 

Stephen Sondheim, who was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in August, discussed the award and much more on PBS NewsHour last night. While at The MacDowell Colony in Petersborough, New Hampshire, to receive the award last month, the composer spoke with Jeffrey Brown, NewsHour's chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society, about the honor and the danger of resting on one's laurels. It is a topic, in fact, that Sondheim addressed in his acceptance speech.

"That’s the trouble with awards for a body of work," Sondheim said in the speech, as cited in the NewsHour report. "They always come at both a good time and a wrong time. Good because they tell you what you’ve been doing was worth the doing and wrong because they ought to come when you’re young and excited and hungry for assurance that what you’re doing is worth the doing."

Brown also spoke with writer Frank Rich, the former New York Times theater critic, who was the chairman of the Edward MacDowell Medal Selection Committee and introduced Sondheim at the ceremony.

"I'd argue that he single-handedly has kept the modern musical theater in a serious place," Rich tells Brown. "It could have gone in a way where it could've just petered out or just been all frivolous, lowest common denominator. Sondheim kept the path of saying, 'You can do Sweeney Todd; you can do Pacific Overtures; you can do Sunday in the Park with George."

Watch the PBS NewsHour feature below. For more on Stephen Sondheim's Edward MacDowell award celebration, read the coverage in last month's Nonesuch Journal.

featuredimage: 
Stephen Sondheim: PBS NewsHours, September 2013

Submit Your Comment

Related Posts

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane makes his Nonesuch debut with the release of Book of Travelers on August 24, 2018; vinyl September 7. The album comprises his ten-song musical travelogue about the looping railway journey across the US he embarked upon the day after the 2016 Presidential election. He left behind his cell phone and other internet-connected devices, spending two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. Pre-order to download the track "November" now and get a limited-edition signed print. Kahane tours this fall and winter.

    Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsVideo
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Robert Plant, currently touring North America with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, was a guest on House of Strombo while in Toronto for the tour. The show welcomes 100 fans to the home of host George Stroumboulopoulos for an intimate conversation. Plant talks about his latest album, Carry Fire, performing Led Zeppelin songs on tour, watching the World Cup, and life on the road. "You've got to subscribe to nonsense," he says. Watch the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsVideo
[{"parent":{"title":"Get on the list !","body":" Get exclusive information about NONESUCH tour dates, video premieres and special announcements ","field_newsletter_id":"14075483","field_label_list_id":"6389157","field_display_rates":"-1","field_preview_mode":"false","field_lbox_height":"","field_lbox_width":"","field_toaster_timeout":"16000","field_toaster_position":"From Bottom","field_turnkey_height":"800"}}]

Performs On