NYU STEINHARDT CELEBRATES FIRST-TIME 2011 JOHN T. AND CATHERINE D. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION “GENIUS” FELLOWS, HONOREE EVENT HOSTED BY WNYC’S JOHN SCHAEFER, MON. FEB. 6, 7:00 P.M.


The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will celebrate two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellows who demonstrate exceptional creativity, promise, and pursuit of creative works. This year’s recipients include current Jazz Studies Professor Dafnis Prieto and Francisco J. Núñez, an alumnus of the music education department.

The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will celebrate not one, but two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellows who demonstrate exceptional creativity, promise, and pursuit of creative works. Of 22 national awardees, this year’s recipients include current Jazz Studies Professor Dafnis Prieto and Francisco J. Núñez, an alumnus of the music education department. This is the first time anyone from the department has been selected for the award. Both Steinhardt recipients will perform at a celebratory event held in their honor on Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at The Frederick Loewe Theatre located at 35 W. 4th St. Admission is free and open to the public.

The MacArthur Fellowship, a $500,000 award in support of individual passions, and not projects, is designed to provide seed money for intellectual, social, and artistic endeavors.

“This award is very helpful and is going to speed up a lot of possibilities in my career and my work,” Prieto said in a recent interview with the MacArthur Foundation. “I’m honored and happy about it.”

Originally from Cuba, Prieto has been a member of the NYU Steinhardt music facult 500

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