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Under Donald Nally, The Crossing received two of the five nominations in the Best Choral Performance category

Harriet Clifford

GRAMMY nominations

1:49, 6th December 2019

The GRAMMY nominees for the Best Choral Performance were announced on 20 November. The category, for which conductors, choral directors and choral ensembles are nominated based on an album release, names five nominated albums.

Under the direction of Donald Nally, Philadelphia-based choir The Crossing received two nominations for their albums Voyages [Innova 1028] by Robert Convery and C.S. Boyle and The Arc in the Sky [Navona 6240] by Kile Smith, both of which feature works commissioned by Nally for the choir. The Crossing is a professional chamber choir dedicated to new music, often addressing social, environmental and political issues. Nally told C&O, ‘While we certainly don’t invest in these new works in order to win awards, we have found, to our delight, that GRAMMY nominations really do shine a light on works that we think are important additions to the canon.’

Also nominated was Houston Chamber Choir for its album Duruflé: Complete Choral Works [Signum Classics SIGCD 571], which features organist Ken Cowan. Conducted by Robert Simpson, the professional ensemble is dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation and esteem of choral music through performance, outreach and education. Simpson said, ‘I am thrilled that our efforts have been recognised by The Recording Academy with this prestigious nomination.’

For its album The Hope of Loving [Delos DE 3578], Conspirare under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson has received a nomination in the category. The album showcases the choral music of Jake Runestad, combining music and texts from contemporary poets, American naturalists and ancient mystics.

The fifth nominee is The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom by Kurt Sander [Reference Recordings Fresh! FR 731], performed by soloists Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller and Daniel Shirley, alongside the PaTRAM Institute Singers. The group comprises American and Russian singers under the direction of Peter Jermihov, presenting Orthodox sacred music rooted in the traditions of Russian choral composers.

Following the Awards ceremony on Sunday 26 January, the winner of the Best Choral Performance category will be announced on the C&O website.

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