By GUY FLETCHER
The long list of honors for Barry Tuckwell is growing, as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra maestro and French horn virtuoso has been named to receive the prestigious George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.
Tuckwell, a Hagerstown resident, will receive the award next Thursday during graduation ceremonies at the renowned Peabody Institute music conservatory in Baltimore.
"I'm very excited, indeed. All these things seem to be coming my way at the moment," said Tuckwell, 66.
Tuckwell retired from playing the horn this year, ending a career that spanned six decades - from performing as a teenager in his native Australia to his farewell performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in January. In between he played all over the world, was recorded on numerous albums and was considered by many to the greatest living French horn player.