Clausen CD Nominated for Three Grammys
Dec 13, 2012FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GORDON MOE, associate director, Music Organizations, manager of choral ensembles
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CLAUSEN CD NOMINATED FOR THREE GRAMMYS
A CD of compositions by Concordia Choir conductor and composer Dr. René Clausen has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
“Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen” is a 13-track album recorded by the Kansas City Chorale. The CD has been nominated for Best Engineered Classical Album, Best Choral Performance and Classical Producer of the Year.
“I am delighted, honored, and humbled to learn that The Kansas City Chorale’s new CD of my choral works ‘Life and Breath’ has been nominated for a Grammy award,” Clausen said. “I am grateful to artistic director Charles Bruffy for his sensitive and inspired interpretation of the music in its variety of styles, and to the singers of the Chorale for their willingness to give of themselves, vocally, musically and spiritually to create such pristine and truly beautiful ensemble singing.”
Clausen is currently in his 27th year at Concordia College, as artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts and conductor of the acclaimed The Concordia Choir. He is a renowned composer and arranger, having written dozens of commissioned compositions for famed performances and is also a frequent guest conductor, composer and lecturer.
Clausen graduated in 1974 from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
The CD is available for purchase through Concordia Recordings.