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Louis Applebaum: Biography

Louis Applebaum
1918 - 2000
Region: Ontario

Louis Applebaum

Louis Applebaum, O.C., L.L.D., was born and educated in Toronto, with the exception of one year spent in New York with Roy Harris and Bernard Wagenaar. His career in films began in 1941, composing scores for the National Film Board of Canada and shortly thereafter he became its Music Director. Among his over 200 film scores for producers in Canada, Hollywood and New York are many award winners, including a nomination for the Academy Award, the Canadian Film Award, the Wilderness, Anik Awards and others. Since the Stratford Festival's inception, he has served as Music Director and composer for over 50 of its plays. He founded, and for many years operated, its music festivals, conducting operas in Stratford and on tours. His fanfares have introduced every Festival Theatre performance since opening night in 1953.

His several hundred scores for radio and television series and specials have been written for dramas and documentaries on the CBC, BBC, CBS, NBC, United Nations Radio and others. Many of these were innovative and have been awarded a number of prizes. Applebaum's concert works have been written for ensembles ranging from solos to symphony orchestras, from songs to oratorios, from ballet companies to musical comedies. They have been performed throughout the world and for such ceremonial occasions as the opening of the National Arts Centre, the inauguration of two Governors-General, the opening of Expo '67, visits by the Queen and other notables.

In 1971 he became the Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, resigning in 1979 to become chairman of the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee (called the Applebaum-Hébert Committee) which submitted its Report to the Federal Government in the Fall of 1982. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, made an Honourary LLD, York University in 1979, was awarded the first Hon. ARCT by the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1980, made an Honourary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art in 1981, Honourary Fellow of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1987, and was awarded the first Silver Ticket Award by the Toronto Theatre Alliance, 1980.

CAPAC, Canadian League of Composers, Guild of Film Composers of Canada

* Louis Applebaum, C.C., passed away April 19, 2000.


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