Two items of note for frequent readers of WITW:

1. You may be interested in reading Sarah Sobieraj’s piece on Occupy Wall Street, which features a photograph (taken by me) that first appeared on this blog.

2. The final Grammy nominations came out a few weeks ago and we were on it! Here’s the announcement from my friends at ALIAS chamber ensemble:

It is with tremendous pride and joy that we share with you news that ALIAS Chamber Ensemble has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category! While this news would be exciting for any organization, it is especially so for ALIAS, as it is for our very first CD, Gabriela Lena Frank: Hilos, released by Naxos Records’ American Classics label in February 2011.

Hilos would not have been possible without the tireless support of composer and fellow performer Gabriela Lena Frank, engineer Gary Hedden, producer D. Wilson Ochoa, the fantastic musicians and dedicated Board of Directors of ALIAS, and Naxos Records. To each, we offer a sincere thank you. Thank you, too, to our project supporters The Schubert Club, Drs. Jonathan Neufeld and Jennifer Lena, Vanderbilt University and the Blair School of Music.

Jonathan and I are listed as “project supporters” because we provided the bulk of the funding for the commission and the recording of this record through a research grant awarded to us by Vanderbilt (which is how they got in the list, a little unfairly, to be totally honest).


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