Portland, February 6th, 2013. The GRAMMYs are almost here and The Oregon Symphony was nominated for two Awards – Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album – for its 2011 recording of “Music for a Time of War.” The CD was recorded live during the May 2011 performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The GRAMMY Awards will be officially announced on February 10th. These are photos of the release party October 30th, 2011. Raising flutes of champagne, supporters crowded The Nines Hotel to celebrate the release of Music for a Time of War.

Pam Erickson and Terrence R. Pancoast, President of the Board of Directors

Pam Erickson and Terrence R. Pancoast, President of the Board of Directors

Immediately following its  release, the CD hit the classical Billboard charts and amassed an international  collection of positive reviews, including being named among the year’s best  classical recordings by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. The nomination for Best  Orchestral Performance was shared with recordings from the San Francisco Symphony,  the London Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the  Minnesota Orchestra.

Last month the Symphony  released its second CD under the musical direction of Carlos Kalmar—“This  England”—also on the PentaTone label, featuring works by Elgar, Vaughan  Williams and Britten.

Jerry Giesy, Bill Bennett, Elaine Calder, Barbara Giesy and Laura Fay

Jerry Giesy, Bill Bennett, Elaine Calder, Barbara Giesy and Laura Fay

Neil DePonte, Principal Percussion and Jonathan Greeney, Principal Timpani

Neil DePonte, Principal Percussion and Jonathan Greeney, Principal Timpani

Christa Wessel and Robert McBride, from KQAC, All Classical 89.9 FM, the 24-hour classical music station in Portland

Christa Wessel and Robert McBride, from KQAC, All Classical 89.9 FM, the 24-hour classical music station in Portland

The Oregon Symphony orchestra recorded the CD here, then went on to perform it live, to triumphant reviews, at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall last May.

From September through May each year, the Oregon Symphony presents a full range of concerts – in Portland, Salem and elsewhere.

From September through May each year, the Oregon Symphony presents a full range of concerts – in Portland, Salem and elsewhere.

 

Ginny Wheeler and Alix Goodman

Ginny Wheeler and Alix Goodman

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster, Nancy Weyler and Walter Weyler, Board of Directors Vice Chair

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster, Nancy Weyler and Walter Weyler, Board of Directors Vice Chair

Ken Marks and Laura Fay

Ken Marks and Laura Fay

It’s the first recording of the Oregon Symphony under Music Director, Carlos Kalmar. Kalmar is in his ninth season with the orchestra. The Music for a Time of War is available at Amazon. On the site, you can also listen to a sample of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Works by composers: Ives, Adams, Britten, and Vaughan Williams.

Works by composers: Ives, Adams, Britten, and Vaughan Williams.

Garnering two nominations is something of a first. In 2003, Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with an Orchestra, for his exceptional performance of Tomas Svoboda’s Percussion Concerto.

The album, released on the  PentaTone label, includes Ives’ “Unanswered Question,” Adams’ “The Wound-Dresser,”  Britten’s “Sinfonia da Requiem,” and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 4.  It was recorded in hybrid multichannel Super  Audio CD format live in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in May, 2011 by  Boston-based Soundmirror.  CD recording  was engineered by Jesse Lewis and John Newton, with master engineer Jesse  Brayman.

The CD was also included  in the Grammy nomination of Blanton Alspaugh for Producer of the Year,  Classical.

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