Congratulations to George Shirley—a guest artist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as both tenor soloist and narrator—upon receiving a National Medal of Arts yesterday from President Barack Obama!

The medal is the highest award given to artists by the United States government and is awarded by the president to individuals or organizations who “are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.”

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Image above: George Shirley receives the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 9, 2015 (image retrieved from this site).