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"And The Winner Is..." Tucson Group Wins Grammy Award

True Concord Voices and Orchestra honored for nominated in two categories.

True Concord Orchestra The True Concord Orchestra perform in New York's Lincoln Center, September 11, 2015.
Courtesy of True Concord Orchestra


Tucson's True Concord Voices and Orchestra won the Grammy Award for best contemporary classical composition Monday night.

The Tucson-based orchestra won for the central piece on its album “Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus”.

True Concord, which, until last year was known as the Tucson Chamber Artists, commissioned Paulus to compose the piece. It was debuted at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The group also performed the piece at the Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center on Sept. 11, 2015.

Eric Holtan Music Director Eric Holtan will attend the Grammy's ceremony in L.A. Monday night.

Music Director Eric Holtan represented the orchestra at Monday’s ceremony in Los Angeles.

"It’s very exciting to get our organization and Tucson out there in a very big way," Holtan said.

"We’re hoping to further advance the reputation of Tucson as a cultural location and a center for great arts and classical music."

The orchestra was one of five nominees.

"As you can imagine, the competition is very fierce," Holtan said. "These are organizations and composers that represent not only the best of the United States, but from all over the world. And so it's just a great honor to be a nominee."

Click here to listen to music from True Concord Voices and Orchestra.

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