U of U Faculty Member Nominated for Grammy

Jan. 14, 2010 - Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of best classical album of 2009 for her performance on the album "Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges"

(The Child and the Spells) with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Read more at ksl.com


Chamber Series to play Debussy

Claude Debussy's songs, while not huge in number, are nevertheless among the most significant and musically stunning additions to the French art song repertoire from the turn of the last century.

Among this collection is the "Trois Chansons des Bilitis." Published in 1897, the songs are based on three poems from Pierre Louÿs' book of prose "Chansons des Bilitis." Louÿs claimed these were translations of poetry by the ancient Greek courtesan Bilitis, a contemporary of Sappho. In truth, however, these were poems that Louÿs himself had written. But they were so cleverly and convincingly constructed that even scholars of the time believed them to be genuine.


From Anchorage Daily News

Tonight's Grammy Awards will find Kirsten Gunlogson, born and raised in Willow, on the edge of her seat.

The mezzo-soprano is in the running for the recording industry's award in the category of Best Classical Album of 2009. She's featured in the CD of Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges," recorded with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

The Maurice Sendak-style story follows a naughty child whose abused toys, furniture and animals transform into animated agents of retribution to teach him a lesson in respect.


From Deseret News

Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson, assistant professor of music at the University of Utah, has received a Grammy Award nomination. Gunlogson recorded the album "Ravel: 'L'Enfant et les Sortileges' " with the Nashville Symphony Chorus (Opera) and Orchestra under conductor Alastair Willis.

The album, which was recorded in 2008 and released by the Naxos label last year, was nominated for a Grammy for best classical album. The other albums in the running in the category include "Bernstein: Mass," conducted by Marin Alsop; "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10," conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; "Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe," conducted by James Levine; and "Shostakovich: the Nose," conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Grammy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. on KUTV Ch. 2. Some of the awards will be handed out before the televised ceremony, which is usually when the classical music Grammys are awarded.


LISTEN: Indianapolis Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Mezzo Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson who plays Hansel in the Indianapolis Opera’s 11/21 and 11/23/08 production, talks about playing Hansel and how the boy’s relation with his sister was a little like her own with her sister.