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Jason Ritter honored by Lincoln Center

John Ritter’s son received award along with conductor Xian Zhang
/ Source: The Associated Press

Jason Ritter, the actor-son of the late John Ritter, has been presented with the Martin E. Segal Award for outstanding achievement by Lincoln Center.

Xian Zhang, the first woman to hold an official conductor title at the New York Philharmonic, also received the award. She served on the conducting faculty of Beijing’s Central Conservatory before coming to the United States in 1998.

Zhang and Ritter each received $5,000 for future study and career advancement. The awards, given annually to two rising young artists, were presented Monday.

Ritter, 26, made his Lincoln Center debut in Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third” last November. This fall, he will appear in the new CBS comedy “The Class.”

His father, best known as Jack Tripper on the long-running sitcom “Three’s Company,” died in September 2003.

The China-born Zhang, 32, was appointed associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic by Music Director Lorin Maazel last July. She was co-winner of the Maazel-Vilar Conductors’ Competition in 2002.