Strange but true, I won a Grammy Award and it's hanging on my office wall.
In February 2006 William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience won a Grammy Award for best classical album released in 2005.
The CD was recorded live at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. This was a massive production which included:
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
The Contemporary Directions Ensemble
University Musical Society Choral Union
University of Michigan Chamber Choir
University of Michigan University Choir
University of Michigan Orpheus Singers
Michigan State University Children's Choir
plus 13 vocal and instrumental soloists.
(I was one of the 13 soloists.)
There were over 500 people on stage!
The piece is over 2 hours in length and is available on
Naxos Records as a triple CD boxed set.
Christine Brewer (Soprano)
Ilana Davidson (Soprano)
Measha Bruggergosman (Soprano)
Nmon Ford-Livene (Baritone)
Linda Hohenfeld (Soprano)
Joan Morris (Mezzo Soprano)
Carmen Pelton (Soprano)
Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano)
Thomas Young (Tenor)
Nathan Lee Graham (Spoken Vocals)
Tommy Morgan (Harmonica)
Peter Madcat Ruth, (Harmonica + guitar + vocal)
Jeremy Kittel (Fiddle)