Rehab Schmehab. Amy Winehouse wasn't the only big winner at yesterday's Grammy Awards. As reported in the Los Angeles Times
, the Nashville Symphony's recording Joan Tower: Made in America
took home three awards: Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition (for composer Tower's 13-minute piece "Made in America," an orchestral fantasy based on "America the Beautiful"). The album was released on the Franklin-based Naxos label—the world's leading classical music label.
Also grabbing a statue yesterday was former MTSU professor Bruce Nemerov, who won an Album Notes Grammy for his contributions to John Work, III: Recording Black Culture
. John Wesley Work III was a Fisk University-trained composer and ethnomusicologist who actively sought out and recorded black folk music between 1938 and 1942. The album, which collects rare recordings of quartet singing, string band music, congregational singing, blues and work song, was released by The Arts Center of Cannon County and Spring Fed Records
: Fisk University will be hosting an exhibition celebrating Work's oeuvre. From the press release:
Fisk University scholar and music historian John Work III made invaluable contributions in preserving a richer, more detailed and ultimately more accurate view of the life of the black Delta community and the music that ran through it with his field recordings and work with Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress. A new exhibition celebrating his work, "The Beautiful Music That Surrounds You," opens at Fisk University with a gala reception on February 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the John Hope and Aurelia E Franklin Library. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by Fisk University, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Tennessee Arts Commission, Spring Fed Records, and The Arts Center of Cannon County.