Phil has been appointed to the Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professorship here at the University, replacing the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professorship that he has held for many years. This new chair acknowledges in particular Phil’s outstanding work in Jewish Studies over more than four decades. This chair is especially meaningful for the Music Department, since Ludwig Rosenberger’s wife, Irmgard, was a member of the Music Department Visiting Committee for many years. Read more about this on UChicago News.
Second, the New Budapest Orpheum Society, for which Phil is founder and Artistic Director, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award yesterday (Best Classical Compendium) for the ensemble's most recent double-CD, As Dreams Fall Apart. The NBOS presents concerts locally, nationally, and internationally covering the wide range of Jewish cabaret music that Phil has unearthed. The ensemble has long exemplified the ways in which performance and scholarship can be integrated; now it’s very gratifying to see that its unique role is being recognized on a much wider stage.
Huge congratulations to Phil!