George Manahan, music director of American Composers Orchestra, has received the 2012 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music. The $5,000 award was presented at the ACO’s January 18 concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, where Manahan received a citation on behalf of Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University was established in 1945; previous recipients include Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Alan Gilbert. In addition to his ACO music director position, Manahan is director of orchestral studies sat the Manhattan School of Music and guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music; he also served as New York City Opera’s music director from 1996 to 2011.

Posted January 24, 2013