NEW YORK (April 1, 2013)--Stephen Sondheim has won the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement, one of the top honors in the arts world,
The MacDowell Colony, the New Hampshire-based artist residency program, announced Sunday that Sondheim received an award that has been also been given to Robert Frost and Georgia O'Keeffe among others.
Sondheim, 83, who’s known for such classic musicals as "A Little Night Music" and "Into the Woods,” will accept the medal at a ceremony in August.
In a statement issued through the MacDowell Colony, Sondheim called the award a "sort of homecoming," noting that as a child he used to play compositions by the man for whom the medal and colony are named.
Edward MacDowell, who died in 1908, was known for such pieces as "To a Wild Rose."