Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has named today "Richard Moryl Day" in the city, a surprise announcement for local composer and artist Richard Moryl.
The presentation will be made at 12:45 p.m. downtown at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital in front of the painting that Moryl donated to Roper St. Francis.
Moryl, who founded the Charles Ives Center for American Music in New Mitford, Conn., attended Columbia and Brandeis universities and the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. As a composer, the Fulbright Scholar (1963) has garnered numerous laurels, among them two National Endowment for the
Arts awards and grants from the Ford and Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundations.
Over the years, 40 of his compositions have been published and 10 recorded.