Bruckner Society honors Susana-Acra-Brache & Massimiliano Wax

Bruckner Society honors Susana-Acra-Brache & Massimiliano Wax
In awarding the Kilenyi Medal of Honor, the Bruckner Society of America Board of Directors noted the incredible feat of producing a concert of Bruckner's music in the small country of the Dominican Republic. Bruckner's music was never performed here so there was no performing tradition, no singers fully trained in Latin pronunciation nor instrumentalists familiar with Bruckner's scores. In addition, the funds necessary would have to be raised from companies and individuals with little knowledge of this music. All of this required a gifted impresario, a skillful marketing campaign and a music director who could pull these divergent forces into a concert event that would present, the Requiem, the Ave Maria and the Te Deum. The resulting concert (in one of the oldest churches in the Western Hemisphere) was an heroic and historical event where everyone in attendance felt that a small miracle had just occurred. The concert, now available on CD and DVD, was front page news in the Dominican Republic and all this is ample evidence of what two gifted and driven people can do. For their efforts and their results, the Board of Directors awards producer, Massimiliano Wax and conductor, Susana Acra-Brache with the Kilenyi Medal of Honor.