Tully, Alice, American mezzo-soprano, soprano, and music patroness; b. Corning, N.Y., Sept. 11,1902; d. N.Y., Dec. 10, 1993. A scion of a family of wealth, she studied voice in Paris with Jean Périer and Miguel Fontecha, where she made her concert debut with the Pasdeloup Orch. in 1927. Returning to the U.S., she gave a song recital in N.Y. in 1936, and received critical praise for her interpretation of French songs. She eventually gave up her artistic ambition and devoted herself to various philanthropic endeavors. Her major gift was to Lincoln Center in N.Y. for the construction of a chamber music hall; it was dedicated as Alice Tully Hall in 1969. She also helped to organize the Chamber Music Soc. of Lincoln Center. She received the National Medal of Arts in 1985. Her 90thbirthday was celebrated in a N.Y. gala on Sept. 14, 1992, at Lincoln Center.
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