Louis Sudler was the rare combination of successful businessman, a performing artist, and a patron of the arts.
Louis C. Sudler (1903-92) Signed Photo, "Best Regards, Louis Sudler", in white ink, 8 x 10, sepia tone close up portrait of the founder of Sudler & Company Real Estate in Chicago who helped bring about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's return to international renown. He appeared nationally as a soloist in concert, oratorios, with symphony orchestras and concert bands, at functions honoring five presidents and as a recording artist: a baritone, he was a member of the Chicago Opera Company. He was also a philanthropist who created awards for the performing arts at 15 colleges and universities, including Yale, his alma mater, where he also donated funds for a recital hall named in his honor, and he established the John Philip Sousa Foundation to reward members of school marching bands. At each institution, an annual prize in the creative and performing arts (The Sudler Prize) is awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most distinguished record of excellence in performance or creation in one of the following areas: music, theater, painting, dance, design, film, creative writing, and other areas of the arts (as determined by each institution). In fine condition.