Campus: Sonoma State University -- December 13, 2005

SSU Music Professor Earns Grammy Nomination

Sonoma State Unviersity music professor Lynne Morrow's work as a chorus master with conductor Kent Nagano in the dramatic recording of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" has been nominated for a Grammy award. The nomination is for Best Choral Performance.

An accomplished mezzo-soprano who began work with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble in 1989 and is now its music director, Morrow was a featured soloist in 2003 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Nagano when PME traveled to Berlin to perform and record Bernstein's "Mass" on the Harmonia Mundi label.

A well-known champion of contemporary opera and a student of Leonard Bernstein, Nagano directed the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester with Rundfunkchor Berlin and soloists of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble in this live recording. It was the only second complete recording of the piece ever put to disc. Morrow was also an assistant conductor for the Oakland East Bay Symphony's production of the "Mass" performed in May 2005.

Morrow directs the Vocal and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University and lives in Rohnert Park.

She recently returned from a sold-out concert with Meredith Monk at Carnegie Hall in New York with PME. PME was invited to participate in a 40-year retrospective of American contemporary composer Meredith Monk and performed selections from Monk's Opera "Atlas" in the sold-out Zankel Hall show. Sharing the stage for this star-studded occasion was International pop icon Bjork, Bang on a Can All-Stars and many others.

PME has often been the chorus for the Berkeley Symphony during the past ten years, making it possible for Nagano to program important symphonic/choral works that otherwise might have gone unheard in the Bay Area.

Morrow also prepared a small chorus for Nagano and Berkeley Symphony's December premiere of "Bitter Harvest," an oratorio that was workshopped with her Quantum Opera Theatre at Sonoma State.

The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GrammysŪ are presented annually by the NationalAcademy of Recording Arts and Sciences and are awarded by the Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in recordings.

The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006 in Los Angeles.

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