Alice Bigelow Tully

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Alice Bigelow Tully

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Corning, Steuben County, New York, United States
Death: December 10, 1993 (91)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William John Tully and Clara Mabel Houghton
Sister of Marion Gordon Tully

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About Alice Bigelow Tully

Alice Bigelow Tully (September 14, 1902 – December 10, 1993) was a U.S. singer, music promoter and philanthropist.

Alice Tully was born in Corning, New York. She spent her high school years at the famous Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. Tully began her career as a mezzo-soprano, then became a soprano. She studied in Paris and made her debut in 1927 with the Pasdeloup Orchestra. In 1933, she appeared in Cavalleria rusticana in New York City.

Upon her mother's death in 1958, Tully inherited the estate of her grandfather, Amory Houghton, Jr. (1837-1909), (son of Amory Houghton, Sr., founder of the Corning Glass Works), who on June 19, 1860, married Tully's grandmother Ellen Ann Bigelow (daughter of Alanson Bigelow and his Bigelow first cousin, once removed, Anne Rebecca Bangs.) During the rest of her life, Tully donated much of her income to arts institutions, often anonymously. Her cousin, Arthur Amory Houghton, Jr., one of the founders of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, suggested that she give money for a chamber music hall, and in 1963 John D. Rockefeller III convinced her to allow it to be named Alice Tully Hall.

Tully chaired the board of directors of the New York Chamber Music Society, and served on the boards of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School.

In 1970, Tully was awarded the Handel Medallion for her contributions to the cultural life of New York City. Her most famous commission was for Olivier Messiaen who composed Des canyons aux étoiles... which had its first performance in the Alice Tully Hall in 1974. In 1985, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

William Schuman, Gian Carlo Menotti and Riccardo Malipiero dedicated works to her. She died in New York in 1993, aged 91.

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September 14, 1902
Corning, Steuben County, New York, United States
December 10, 1993
Age 91