Sheldon Harnick Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Brian d'Arcy James, Hal Linden, Ron Raines, Alexandra Silber Will Sing His Songs

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02 May 2013

Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick

Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick will receive the Dutch Treat Club Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts May 6 at The Harvard Club.

The event, which begins with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM, will also feature performances of Harnick's songs by Brian d'Arcy James, Hal Linden, Ron Raines, Alexandra Silber and Jill Abramovitz.

Harnick, who has garnered a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, three gold records and a platinum record, said in a statement, "I’m extraordinarily honored to receive The Dutch Treat Club’s Gold Medal, and to be in the company of such recipients as Hal Prince, Richard Rodgers, Michael Bennett, Gay Talese, Beverly Sills, Jules Feiffer, Norman Mailer, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, among others."

The Dutch Treat Club, one of the city's arts clubs, was founded in 1905 by Thomas Masson, an editor of Life magazine, and Robert Sterling Yard, a reporter with the New York Sun, who wanted a New York City club for creative people. Its founding 11 members included writers, illustrators, editors and a publisher. About the club, former chairman John O’Hara Cosgrave once said it "is a picked body of active agents in the production and dissemination of literature, art, music and drama in New York. It is their business to know what is going on and about the men and women who are doing things and getting them done."

Harnick and his wife, photographer Margery Gray Harnick, will also be on hand to autograph copies of their latest endeavor, a recently released book of Margery’s photos and Sheldon’s related poems, "The Outdoor Museum (not your usual images of NEW YORK)."



Tickets for the black-tie event are $150 per person; contact John E. Donnelly at (212) 535-9534 or Susan Dorler at (845) 297-8778.