Bienen School faculty, alumnus win Grammy Awards

January 29, 2018

Donald Nally, director of choral organizations at the Bienen School of Music and conductor of The Crossing, won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for The Fifth Century. This was Nally’s first Grammy win. He was previously nominated for Best Choral Performance with The Crossing for Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer.

The Fifth Century features performances by The Crossing and PRISM Quartet. It was previously named one of the best classical albums of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune.

Taimur Sullivan, associate professor of saxophone and member of PRISM Quartet, performs on the album, along with several Bienen School alumni members of The Crossing, including Micah Dingler (G09), Kevin Krasinski (14, G17), James Reese (15), and Elisa Sutherland (12, G14), as well as current doctoral candidate Stephen Spinelli.

The Crossing will perform with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble on Friday, March 16, in Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall as part of a weeklong residency at the Bienen School of Music. Learn more

Bienen School alumnus Giancarlo Guerrero (G92) music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium for Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto (Naxos), with producer Tim Handley.

Guerrero has won six Grammy Awards to date. He previously received awards for Best Classical Compendium in 2017 and 2016, Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2017 and 2012, and Best Orchestral Performance in 2011. Guerrero has served as music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra since 2009.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 28, 2018. See the full list of winners.

Source : Northwestern University – School of Music

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