Northern Neck Orchestra Music Director Michael Repper and the New York Youth Symphony have received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for their album, which features debut recordings of works by American composers Florence Price, Valerie Coleman, and Jessie Montgomery.
“I am thrilled and gratified that the first album by the New York Youth Symphony has received this international recognition,” said Repper, who is in his sixth season as music director of the symphony that performs at Carnegie Hall.
“The Grammy nomination is a testament to the power of youth, and what young people can accomplish when they are empowered to give it their all.”
Repper noted that that there are Northern Neck connections to the recording. “The initial idea for the album and its further development occurred while I was on retreat in the Northern Neck during the early months of COVID,” he said.
Repper gave a presentation on the recording on its April 2022 release date at Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock. The album is available on all streaming platforms and Amazon.
“The Northern Neck Orchestra congratulates Michael and the New York Youth Symphony on their nomination,” said NNO board chairman Ammon G. Dunton, Jr. “Concertgoers here are privileged to enjoy the artistry and energy that Michael brings to every performance, making each a memorable one.”
Among the other nominees in the Best Orchestral Performance category are Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and John Williams and the Berlin Philharmonic. The Grammy awards will be presented on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles.
Repper’s album features the debut recordings by an American orchestra of Price’s tone poem Ethiopia’s Shadow in America and the first ever recording of Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement using the composer’s original orchestration, which was only uncovered recently. The recording also includes Umoja by composer Valerie Coleman and Soul Force by Jessie Montgomery, also the first time either has been professionally recorded.
The Northern Neck Orchestra has performed Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America, Piano Sonata and Suite of Dances.
The orchestra will perform Price’s Symphony No. 1 as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at its next concert on March 25, 2023 at the Northumberland High School Theater in Heathsville.
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