Inside the J. Paul Getty Trust Gold Medal Dinner

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Quincy Jones, Edythe Broad and Eli Broad pose during The J. Paul Getty Medal Dinner on October 17
Quincy Jones, Edythe Broad and Eli Broad pose during The J. Paul Getty Medal Dinner on October 17

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Some of the most philanthropic and famous faces in Los Angeles came out to celebrate musician Yo-Yo Ma, who was awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal from The J. Paul Getty Trust at a gathering of arts and community leaders at the Getty Center in Brentwood on Monday evening. 
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, introduced Yo-Yo Ma, who was honored for his efforts to further understanding of the world’s diverse cultures.
Megan Chernin, Peter Chernin, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin
Megan Chernin, Peter Chernin, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin

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 Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and trustee emerita of the J. Paul Getty Trust, then introduced photographer Jack Shear, the husband of the late Ellsworth Kelly, who also received an award posthumously.  Mr. Kelly, who passed away late last year, was honored for paintings and sculptures of the highest quality and originality.
“Yo-Yo Ma is not only one of the world’s greatest musicians, he is one of our greatest ambassadors for international cultural understanding, and Ellsworth Kelly was among the most important artists of his generation. Through the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation he was a passionate advocate for conservation of art and cultural heritage around the world,” said J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno. “We are pleased and honored to award Yo-Yo Ma and Ellsworth Kelly the 2016 J. Paul Getty Medal.”
Eli Broad, Quincy Jones and Frank Gehry
Eli Broad, Quincy Jones and Frank Gehry

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Said J. Paul Getty Trust Board President Maria Hummer-Tuttle, “As an international arts organization, the Getty is committed to the preservation of our shared cultural heritage and aspires to achieve excellence in all it undertakes; this year’s Getty Medal recipients mirror that goal.”
In accepting the award, Mr. Ma said “It is a privilege to be associated with an institution that does so much to support the arts and to be with people who believe in the power of the arts and culture to help us pursue our higher aims.”
Photographer Jack Shear, RenŽe Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma and actor John Lithgow
Photographer Jack Shear, RenŽe Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma and actor John Lithgow

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Accepting the award on behalf of his late husband, Mr. Shear said “People keep asking me about Ellsworth.  His life and my life are a celebration.  He’s all around me and in the world. Thank you for this honor.”
More than 350 guests from the worlds of art, music, government and business attended the dinner in a pavilion on the plaza of the landmark Getty Center. Attendees included Esa-Pekka Salonen, Agnes Gund, architect Frank Gehry, composers Quincy Jones, John Williams and Thomas Adès; artists Chuck Arnoldi, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Lari Pittman and Bill Viola; actor John Lithgow, soprano Renée Fleming, musician Kayhan Kalhor, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and State Senator Ben Allen, chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, and Eli and Edythe Broad.
Honor Fraser (L) and Ann Philbin
Honor Fraser (L) and Ann Philbin

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 The evening included performances by Mr. Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble.
The J. Paul Getty Medal was established in 2013 by the trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust to honor extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding and support of the arts.
Yo-Yo Ma performs during The J. Paul Getty Medal Dinner
Yo-Yo Ma performs during The J. Paul Getty Medal Dinner

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