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Interlochen Alumni Earn Grammy Nods

By Beth Milligan | Nov. 23, 2019

Ten Interlochen Center for the Arts alumni are among the nominees for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Newly announced World Youth Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Cristian Măcelaru (IAA 97-99, IAC 98) received a nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and violinist Nicola Benedetti in the world-premiere recording of the Violin Concerto by American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82) and Music Director Ward Stare (IAC 96) were also nominated in this category for their world-premiere recording of “Higdon: Harp Concerto” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category, Jannina Norpoth (IAC 91-93) received a nomination as a member of the PubliQuartet. Adrianne Pope (IAC 07), Andrew Tholl (IAC 97), and Margaret Hasspacher (AS 01-02) also received nominations as members of WildUP.

Soprano Kira Neary (IAC 15) was nominated as part of her work with The Crossing in the Best Choral Performance category. James Bass (IAA 89-91) earned his fourth Grammy nomination in this category for his work with Conspirare. Mezzo-soprano Krista River (AS 86, 88) received her first nomination in the Best Opera Recording category for her work on Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will air January 26 on CBS.

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