JoAnn Falletta elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently elected 213 new members, and Virginia Symphony Orchestra's JoAnn Falletta is among them.

Falletta wrapped up her 25th anniversary season as music director of the Virginia Symphony in April.

She joins the 236th member class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Current members include more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, according to a press release from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

"I am delighted and deeply honored to join such illustrious colleagues at the Academy," Falletta said in the release. "The election is a resounding expression of the validity of classical music and symphony orchestras in our country."

Other members, elected since the Academy's founding in 1780, include John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Maria Mitchell.

The induction ceremony will occur Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass.

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