Society of Singers
Music icon, legendary trumpet player and bandleader Herb Alpert and his wife, internationally renowned singer Lani Hall, have been named the recipients of the 18th ELLA Award by the Society of Singers. The announcement was made by Jerry F. Sharell, president and CEO of SOS, a non-profit organization that benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide. Named after its first honoree, Ella Fitzgerald, the ELLA Award is given to individuals whose significant musical accomplishments are equaled by their dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes both local and international.
“Herb Alpert is a great friend to singers through his work as an instrumentalist, a bandleader, a composer, an executive and a really fine singer himself,” says Sharell. “And Lani Hall is an exceptional vocalist in her own right. You’d be hard-pressed to find two people who have done more to support the arts and fund arts education.” The honor will be presented to Alpert and Hall at a special ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 18, 2009. Previous recipients of the ELLA Award, besides Ms. Fitzgerald, include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight and Andy Williams, among others.
Alpert and Hall’s ongoing philanthropy led to the creation of the Herb Alpert Foundation. For the past two decades, the Foundation has underwritten funding in the areas of the arts and education. Alpert and Hall have also been major contributors to UCLA, for which they endowed the Herb Alpert School of Music, and to CalArts.