Houston Chamber Choir Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

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Houston Chamber Choir Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

Houston Chamber Choir's has been nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY® Award for "Best Choral Performance" for its Signum Records recording of "Duruflé: Complete Choral Works," a performance of music by 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé. The recording was also part of a second GRAMMY® nomination: Blanton Alspaugh was nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical, for his work on eight recordings including Houston Chamber Choir's Duruflé recording.

"A GRAMMY® nomination is the dream of every performer and when it comes the feeling is just as wonderful as you imagined it would be," says Robert Simpson, Founder and Artistic Director of Houston Chamber Choir. "Our recording of the 'Complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé' was a labor of love from the very start. I am thrilled that our efforts have been recognized with this prestigious nomination."

Featured on the Houston Chamber Choir's Duruflé CD are:

Requiem

Ken Cowan, organ (Professor of Organ at The Shepherd School, Rice University)

Norman Fischer, cello (Professor of Cello at The Shepherd School, Rice University)

Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano

Eduardo Tercero, baritone

Messe "Cum Jubilo" (men's voice)

Ken Cowan, organ

Notre Père (a cappella)

Quatre Motets (a cappella)

Ubi caritas

Tota pulchra es

Tu es Petrus

Tantum ergo

The other nominees in the "Best Choral Performance" category are:

Boyle: Voyages - Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

The Hope of Loving - Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - Peter Jermihov, conductor (Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley; PaTRAM Institute Singers)

Smith, K.: The Arc in The Sky - Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

The Houston Chamber Choir continues to be recognized for its outstanding work. In 2018, the organization received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, the advocacy, research and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. Most recently, the Choir was invited to participate in the prestigious World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2020, where 24 of the best choral ensembles in the world will perform. The festival, held every three years in different locations across the globe, received a record 179 entries this year. This is the first such invitation for the Houston Chamber Choir.

For more information about Houston Chamber Choir or to purchase tickets for concerts, visit us at houstonchamberchoir.org.



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