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.
"It is an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award," Gunlogson said in a press release. "I feel privileged to be sharing this honor with a wonderful cast of singers put together by the Nashville Opera as well as the members of the Nashville Symphony."
Gunlogson said the piece is a "unique and magical work."
Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the U.'s College of Fine Arts, expressed his appreciation to Gunlogson.
"The College of Fine Arts is very proud of Ms. Gunlogson and her achievements with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra," he said. "It is a testament to the school of music."
Gunlogson has performed with numerous opera companies around the country, including Michigan Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Toledo Opera.
As an oratorio soloist she has performed with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, among others. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's "Messiah" and Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil."
Recently, Gunlogson sang at Carnegie Hall in Haydn's "Theresienmesse" and Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore," which she also sang with the Utah Symphony.
Locally, she was also seen as Tessa in the Utah Symphony's concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" at the Deer Valley Music Festival.