ALIAS' nomination is especially sweet, as its very first Grammy shot comes for its very first CD. Its nod for Best Small Ensemble Performance comes for Frank: Hilos, a recording of the acclaimed piece commissioned by the Nashville ensemble (among others) from composer Gabriela Lena Frank, who performs on it as well.
Elsewhere, in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category, the NSO's recording of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra from the Schwantner: Chasing Light… CD won a nomination with percussionist Christopher Lamb. The NSO took home three Grammys last year for its recording of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus Ex Machina.
Both recordings are on the Franklin-based Naxos label. The winners will be announced Feb. 12, 2012. Bravo!