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December 3, 2009

Baltimore Symphony recording of Bernstein's 'Mass' gets Grammy nomination

The sizzling Naxos recording of Leonard Bernstein's epic "Mass" by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, is among the 2010 Grammy nominees for Best Classical Album. (The producer of the CD, Steven Epstein, is also nominated for Producer of the Year.)

The BSO will face some pretty classy competition for the Grammy. The other nominees: Maher's Symphony No. 8/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas; Ravel's "Daphnis Et Chloe"/Boston Symphony/James Levine; Shostakovich's "The Nose"/Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev; Ravel's "L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges"/Nashville Symphony/Alastair Willis.

Alsop has another Grammy association for 2010. She conducted Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto on a London Philharmonic recording that has been nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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