December 4, 2009
NEC Musicians Reap Grammy Nominations in Classical, Jazz, Country Categories
New England Conservatory faculty, students, alumni and partners were honored with Grammy Nominations announced December 2 in Los Angeles. The Awards will be presented January 31 in a live telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The following is a rundown of the nominated NEC artists and the categories in which they were recognized:
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Mansinneedof from the album Song Up in Her Head
Sarah Jarosz ’13 B.M.
Jarosz is a freshman studying with Dominique Eade and Hankus Netsky. She appeared on this season's opening show of Prairie Home Companion and was featured in O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine.
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
The Julian Lage Group includes several NEC alumni including Tupac Mantilla, Aristides Rivas, Jorge Roeder, and Ben Roseth.
Best Jazz Vocal Album
So in Love
Gambarini participated in the A.D. program in the 1990s - did not complete.
Luciana Souza ’94 M.M.
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Villa Palmeras from the album Esta plena
Miguel Zenón, saxophonist, of the NEC faculty
Best Latin Jazz Album
Miguel Zenón, saxophonist, of the NEC faculty
Best Orchestral Performance
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Benjamin Zander, conductor, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Zander is conductor of NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and is a chamber music coach and regular guest conductor in the College. He has served on the NEC faculty for more than 40 years.
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award goes to the soloist and to the conductor.)
Derek Bermel: Voices for solo clarinet and orchestra
Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel, soloist (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
BMOP is NEC’s affiliate orchestra for new music.
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the instrumental soloist )
Caroline Goulding, violin
Pianist Christopher O’Riley ’91 A.D. is pianist on this album.
Best Chamber Music Performance
Ginastera: Complete String Quartets
Enso Quartet with soprano Lucy Shelton ’68 M.M.
Best Classical Crossover Album
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet
Members of the Quintet include Oscar Stagnaro of the faculty
For further information and videos of the nominated artists, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.
ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.
The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.
NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.
NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.
Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory