The City of Raleigh Arts Commission selected six individuals and two organizations to receive the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City’s highest arts honor. The Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for extraordinary achievement in the practice or support of local arts. Based on the National Medal of Arts program, the Raleigh award was inaugurated in 1984 by the Raleigh Arts Commission so that excellence in the arts could be given special recognition. Over the past 34 years, 152 medals have been awarded.
The Philharmonic Association is proud to announce that Dr. Gregg Gelb will be one of the recipients of the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts. Dr. Gelb’s support of the arts in Raleigh is clearly demonstrated by his commitment to teaching and conducting the Philharmonic Association’s Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. In addition to leading TYJE, Dr. Gelb leads his Jazz Quartet, La Fiesta Latin Jazz Band, Second Line Stompers, and Swing Band. He is also the founder and director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra ad Jazz Society and the co-founder of the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. His groups have recorded over a dozen CD’s. Along with leading and directing, Dr. Gregg Gelb is a renowned saxophonist and clarinetist. He often performs on saxophone with the North Carolina Symphony and with the orchestra he co-founded, North Carolina Jazz Reparatory Orchestra. Dr. Gelb is the recipient of a Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council and four Regional Artist grants from the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council.
The Philharmonic Association is grateful that Dr. Greg Gelb has chosen to serve our organization for over eight years. We are excited that the City of Raleigh Arts Commission has selected Dr. Gelb as a recipient of this year’s Raleigh Medal of Arts and we look forward to seeing him continue to inspire musicians in the PA and in the Raleigh community.
The City of Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards, featuring special guests and performances, will be held on Nov. 13 in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Details will be announced at a later date.