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Hoagy Carmichael statue to be dedicated in Bloomington

Thursday, September 4, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A dedication ceremony for a life-size bronze sculpture of composer Hoagy Carmichael, seated at a life-size bronze Steinway grand piano, has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m., at the Indiana University Auditorium.

A statewide Hoagy Carmichael Sculpture and Educational Tour took place in 2007 and the tour made a stop in Brazil in August.

The sculptural tribute portrays Carmichael, composing at a Steinway grand piano. The tour that took place last year was sponsored by Indiana University.

Michael Livingston McAuley sculpted the piece and will be one of the featured speakers at the dedication, along with Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, and Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson.

Carmichael was born in Bloomington and achieved a degree in law from IU.

He composed numerous songs, including "Stardust," and "Georgia on My Mind," two of the most recorded songs in the history of music.

He was one of America's first singer-songwriters.

In 1951, he won an Oscar for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening."

He later had his own television show and gained 14 film credits with actors, such as Kirk Douglas and Humphrey Bogart.

He was one of the first 10 songwriters inducted into the nation's Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

The tour that came through Brazil featured Carmichael's songs, in addition to the statue, educational displays, educational handouts, tour posters and T-shirts.

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