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Eastman professor, alumni get Grammy nods

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music and an internationally respected performer and scholar of Renaissance and Baroque music, has received his fifth Grammy Award nomination.
O’Dette, who won a Grammy in 1996, will face two Eastman alumni in the Best Opera Recording category, which is awarded to the conductor, album producer and principal soloists.
Soprano and Renée Fleming (’83) and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey (’01) were also nominated. O’Dette was nominated for “Lully: Psyche,” which he conducted along with Stephen Stubbs.
Last year, O’Dette received a Best Opera Recording nomination for “Lully: Thésée.” He also earned Grammy nominations in 2005 for conducting Conradi’s Ariadne and in 2006 for his solo lute CD “Bacheler: The Bacheler’s Delight.”
Fleming performs the role of Tatiana on the nominated DVD recording of “Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin,” produced by the Metropolitan Opera. She has won Grammys for her albums “The Beautiful Voice” and “Bel Canto.”
Griffey is Jimmy on another nominated DVD, “Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” produced by the Los Angeles Opera. He also is up for a Grammy in the Best Classical Album category, which is presented to the artist and album producer, for the same DVD recording.
Several Eastman alumni perform with bands that are up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Rick Shaw (’81), Bernie Dresel (’83) and Brain Scanlon (’81, ’83) are on Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band nominated recording “Act Your Age,” while Lew Soloff (’65) performs with Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band on the nominated CD “Appearing Nightly.”
Another alumnus, Alan Pierson (’06), is a conductor on the CD “Reich: Daniel Variations,” one of the albums bringing Judith Sherman a classical producer of the year nomination.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

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Eastman professor, alumni get Grammy nods

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music and an internationally respected performer and scholar of Renaissance and Baroque music, has received his fifth Grammy Award nomination.

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