Nashville Symphony Recording Of Works By Joan Tower Nominated For TWO Grammys

Naxos CD features world-premiere recording of Tower’s “Made in America” conducted by Music Advisor Leonard Slatkin

December 6, 2007

The Recording Academy announced today that the Nashville Symphony, led by Music Advisor Leonard Slatkin, has been nominated for two Grammys® for their recording of works by American composer Joan Tower. The Naxos recording was nominated in the categories of Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. Joan Tower’s piece Made in America also received a nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

“It was an honor for the Nashville Symphony to release a CD of works by Joan Tower, who is by far one of the most exciting composers of our time,” said Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “We are thrilled to be in the company of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others, with these two important GRAMMY nominations.”

Released on May 29, 2007 on Naxos’ American Classics label, the recording includes the world premiere of Joan Tower’s Made in America, as well as her pieces Tambor and Concerto for Orchestra. Made in America was the result of a unique project commissioned and performed by 65 small orchestras throughout the nation as an initiative known as Ford Made in America. With the support of League of American Orchestras, the Ford Motor Company Fund and Meet the Composer, Joseph Schwantner has been selected to write the next commissioned work for the project.

These two GRAMMY® nominations will add to the four the Nashville Symphony has already received for recordings of works by Elliot Carter, Amy Beach and George Whitefield Chadwick.
The Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 11 recordings on Naxos, the world’s leading classical label, and one on Decca, making the Nashville Symphony currently one of the most recorded symphony orchestras in the country.

The 50th Annual GRAMMY awards will take place on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles and will air live on CBS.

The Nashville Symphony’s Grammy-nominated Joan Tower CD is available for purchase at the Nashville Symphony Store or on-line at www.nashvillesymphony.org. It is also available through Amazon.com and other music retailers.