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Jaime Laredo Receives Vermont's Highest Arts Award

Vermont Governor James H. Douglas and the Vermont Arts Council will present the 2006 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts to Vermont Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Jacobs School Professor Jaime Laredo in a public ceremony at the State House in Montpelier beginning at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2006.

The following information was released by the Vermont Arts Council on Friday, October 13, 2006:

Mr. Laredo will be recognized for his contributions to Vermont's artistic landscape. As Music Director and Conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Laredo has brought outstanding classical music to the Green Mountains. Along with his wife, Sharon Robinson, Mr. Laredo has served as Artistic Advisor to the Brattleboro Music Center, and has been a principal figure in the Marlboro Music Festival.

In addition to his work in Vermont, Mr. Laredo is a world-renowned conductor, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has won the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Violin Competition, the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize, a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, and Musical America's Award for Ensemble of the Year. He has served as Artistic Director of New York's renowned Chamber Music at the Y series, President of the Jury of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Artistic Director of the Brandenburg Ensemble, Conductor of the New York String Orchestra Seminar,

and Linda and Jack Gill Professor of Violin at Indiana University.

The Governor's Award is presented each year by the Governor, in a ceremony celebrated at the State House. This award is bestowed upon a Vermont artist who has achieved national or international stature for making a significant contribution to the advancement of his or her chosen art form.

The award ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an informal reception in the Cedar Creek Room at the State House. For more information please contact the Vermont Arts Council at 802-828-3293.

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The Vermont Arts Council was established in 1964 and designated to receive and disburse state, federal and private funds to support the arts in Vermont. It is the nation's only state arts agency that is also an independent, non-profit membership organization. Each year the Council provides more than a million dollars in grants and services to artists, arts organizations, communities and schools to support creation, presentation and advocacy for the arts. The Council works to increase funding for the arts and promote public policy that supports the vital contribution the arts make to Vermont's culture, schools, communities and economy. For more information on the projects and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit www.vermontartscouncil.org.