Albany Symphony, Pete Seeger Earn Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nominations were announced on Friday night (December 6), and for the first time ever, the Albany Symphony Orchestra was among the list of nominees.

Conducted by maestro David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony’s new album – John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra, featuring master percussionist Evelyn Glennie – earned a nod in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. The album was released this fall on the Naxos label.

Meanwhile veteran folksinger and Hudson Valley resident Pete Seeger earned a Grammy nomination, too, but it wasn’t in the folk music category. Rather his album, The Storm King, earned a nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category, where Seeger faces stiff competition from a diverse array of nominees, including Carol Burnett, David Sedaris, Billy Crystal and Stephen Colbert.

Among other local Grammy nominees include:

Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower of Woodstock was nominated for Best Children’s Album for Blue Clouds.

Also from Woodstock, Steve Earle snagged a nomination for Best American Roots Song with “Invisible,” from his Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)’ album The Low Highway.

Hudson Valley jazz saxman Joe Lovano earned a nomination in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for Wild Beauty, his collaboration with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

GO HERE for a complete list of Grammy nominees. The 56th Grammy Award ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26.

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