On May 20, 2009, the Academy of Arts and Letters held a ceremony in their auditorium on West 156 Street honoring men and women in various fields of the arts. 2007-08 C&V composer Ray Lustig was presented with one of two Charles Ives Fellowships.
According to the ceremony program:
Ray Lustig is writing music charged with intensity and leavened by intelligence. His Sonata for Violin and Piano shows the breadth of his vision. In it, a propulsive first movement which is quite shattering is followed by a movement of stillness and simplicity. This superimposition of opposites also applies for his award-winning Unstuck for orchestra, which explores past and present and the expectations they imply with surprising results.
Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in music since 1970. Poet, librettist, and Academy President J.D. McClatchy presented Lustig with the $15,000 Fellowship.