Jazz musician Brubeck to receive Catholic Medal

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has been named winner of the University of Notre Dame's 2006 Laetare Medal.

The 85-year-old jazz pianist and composer is scheduled to receive the medal - considered the most prestigious honour for American Catholics - at the university's 21 May commencement.

"The composed energy of Mr. Brubeck's art helps us apprehend the fullness of creation," said Holy Cross Father John I Jenkins, Notre Dame president, in announcing the award this week.

"His life and his music splendidly interweave the celebration of beauty with the imperative to worship," he said.

The award, first given in 1883, honours a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church, and enriched the heritage of humanity."

Brubeck, in more than six decades of performing, became known for his innovations as a piano player and composer. He continues recording CDs and performs 60 to 70 times a year. Among his compositions are ballets, a musical, an oratorio, cantatas and a Mass.

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29 Mar 2006