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January 18, 2010

Eastman alumni compete for Grammy gold

52nd annual awards ceremony is Jan. 31

Renee FlemingThe list of nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards includes Eastman School alumni Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Faith Sherman, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Bill Cunliffe, Classical CrossoverJohn Hollenbeck, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley, Kaveh Rastegar, and Adam Benjamin.

Fleming ’83E (MM) is up for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her album of opera arias, Verismo. She is also featured on Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace, which was nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album; the award in that category is presented to the artists and conductor.

Griffey ’01E (MM) appears on the album Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, nominated for the Best Classical Album award, which goes to the artists and album producers. The album also got a nod for Best Choral Performance.

VolponiUp for Best Opera MahlerRecording is Sherman ’03E, who is featured on the Wolf Trap Opera recording of Volpone by John Musto.

Bezuidenhout ’01E, ’04E (MM) is featured on the recording Vivaldi: Concertos, which was nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance.

YoYo Ma and FriendsThe John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble is up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Eternal Interlude. Hollenbeck received his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees from Eastman in 1990 and 1991.

HollenbeckVivaldiCunliffe ’81E (MM) was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” a track that appears on the album Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson. Resonance Big Band

As members of the quintet Kneebody, Eastman alumni Wendel ’99E, Endsley ’97E, Rastegar ’01E, and Benjamin are up against Fleming in the Best Classical Crossover Album category for their recording Twelve Songs by Charles Ives.

The awards will be presented Sunday, January 31, in Los Angeles.

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