The University of Utah has announced that the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and Jerold and JoAnn Ottley are this year's recipients of the Camerata Awards, presented by the university's school of music.
"Our criteria for the awards," said Robert Walzel, school of music director, "is to select people who make significant contributions to music and specifically to the U."
The Ottleys have contributed considerably to the cultural life of Salt Lake City, Walzel said. "The Ottleys have both served on the faculty here, and Jerry's long tenure with the Tabernacle Choir has been important to us and to the community."
The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation has been a major contributor to the university. "The foundation's gift made our new concert hall (Libby Gardner Concert Hall) possible. The hall has impacted not only us here, but also the community."
The Ottleys and members of the Eccles family will be present at Friday's gala. Afterward, there will be a concert by the U.'s woodwind ensemble and combined choirs. "The program will focus on American music," Walzel said. "We're doing music from movie scores and patriotic songs, including 'Song of Democracy' by Howard Hanson."
Now in its fifth year, the Camerata Awards are named after the 16th and early 17th century Florentine Camerata, a loose gathering of arts patrons, musicians, philosophers, historians and others who were interested in cultivating the arts. The ideas brought forth and discussed in the Florentine Camerata eventually led to the creation of opera.
The Camerata Awards were originally called the Hall of Fame. "But that didn't have any particular distinction," Walzel said. "Not that it was a detriment, but we felt we could brand the awards and make it more unique."
The Gardner Hall Music Circle Board oversees the awards, Walzel said. It solicits names and reviews the nominations, and the committee makes the final decisions regarding honorees.
Those who have received the awards have represented a wide range of interests, not just music. "The awards reflect everyone," Walzel said. "It has a nice community feel."
If you go . . .
What: Camerata Awards gala concert
Where: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
How much: $10