David Stahl, music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, has been named the recipient of the Humanitati Award, an honor given annually by the French Society of Charleston.

The award recognizes "a person who improves the human condition either in his community or the world at large," according to French Society President Jack Simmons. It will be presented at the annual banquet, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Carolina Yacht Club.

In the spirit of its musical theme, the banquet will feature the American premiere of "Gaubert Vivant," which pays tribute to flutist Phillippe Gaubert.

Performing works by Gaubert will be Nicholas Duchamp on flute and Barbara McKenzie on piano. Duchamp's instrument is the recently refurbished solid-silver 1874 Louis Lot flute, last used in concert with composer Maurice Ravel.

Stahl, who has been sidelined by health issues recently, was praised by Simmons in a letter. "We can think of no more deserving recipient than you for what you have done not only for Charleston but for the entire world by sharing your talent with us all over many, many years," Simmons wrote.

Previous recipients of the Humanitati Award, which was created in 1981 by Julian V. Brandt Jr., include Parker Petite, the developer of a fetal heart monitor; Paul Gelegotis, founder of Charleston's EMS system; and George and Molly Green, founders of Water Missions International.

The French Society, or La Societe Francaise de Bienfaisance, was founded on King Street in 1816 by expatriate Frenchmen. It's goal is "to give succor to those in misfortune."

For more information about the banquet, or for an invitation to the black-tie event, contact Charles Rhoden at charlesrhoden@comcast.net or 853-7792. Tickets are $75 per person and must be reserved by Oct. 15.