Awarding Classical Music

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy awards will celebrate "music's biggest night"—a phrase they trademarked—on Sunday, February 13. Pop artists will celebrate Aretha Franklin and an ensemble from Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform on a stage with a Studio 54 theme. With all the glitz and melisma of pop music at the Grammys, where does classical music come in?

In this week's Arts File, our host Kerry Nolan speaks to Sedgwick Clark, editor of the music publication Musical America and host of the Musical America awards, and Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

Check out a slide show of some of classical music's biggest stars at the Musical America awards, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

(From left) 2009 Musical America award winners Marin Alsop, Conductor of the Year, Christopher Rouse, Composer of the Year, Yo-Yo Ma, Musician of the Year, and Stephanie Blythe, Vocalist of the Year.

(From left) 2009 Musical America award winners Marin Alsop, Conductor of the Year, Christopher Rouse, Composer of the Year, Yo-Yo Ma, Musician of the Year, and Stephanie Blythe, Vocalist of the Year.

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb greets Russian soprano Anna Netrebko after she was presented Musical America’s 2008 Musician of the Year award at the Musical America Awards party at Linc

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb greets Russian soprano Anna Netrebko after she was presented Musical America’s 2008 Musician of the Year award at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse.

 

Yo-Yo Ma accepts his award as Musical America’s 2009 Musician of the Year from Musical America editor Sedgwick Clark.

Yo-Yo Ma accepts his award as Musical America’s 2009 Musician of the Year from Musical America editor Sedgwick Clark.

Guests:

Sedgwick Clark and Sharon Isbin

Hosted by:

Kerry Nolan

Produced by:

Julia Furlan
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Comments [2]

Pedro A. Cruz from Hackensack, NJ

Bravo!! Catherine. My sentiments exactly.

Feb. 13 2011 05:30 PM
Catherine J Sidoti from NYC

Classical music will always have a place for me, in my heart, in my soul and in my bones. It is the composers who have created the architecture of classical music and the performers who bring it to life, it will live on forever. As for where it fits in the Grammys, only those artists who are classical musicians or singers will get the accolades with those who perform with pop stars and cross over into mainstream music of today . I am sure Lady Gaga will receive something and anyone who is new on the scene and has the most marketing that is consumed by mass media will receive a Grammy. I know that Sharon Isbin has received a Grammy, perhaps because she performed at the White House for our president quite frankly she is extraordinary, as far as John Corigliano who won for the Red Violin compositions this was a given, anything that is in the mainstream media consumed by the masses at large attracting the greatest amount of people will win a Grammy. As a former artist manager for classical musicians in NYC, I have seen great talent walk through my doors and even some who were not as talented were more talented than some of the musicians who will win on Sunday. The standards are not the same and our country rewards mediocrity and mainstream madness, hysteria, controversy, bad boys gone wild and sexy hot females who wear sexy attire. This sort of costuming distracts people from the musical talent sometimes, classical music has more purity of course and it is in a different league and can't be compared to pop.What will win is any classical arranged or originally written music for the hottest movie such as "Black Swan." I have not seen this movie but it has gotten rave reviews and director James Cameron just loved it and Tweeted about it on Twitter. Things of this nature will happen and continue to happen. For me classical music is still my love, I do listen to all other forms and like some of it however the music is of a different standard, style, there is talent in rock, pop and country, I am not sure about Rap though! Think about someone like the songbird who won American Idol for "I Dreamed a Dream." Her voice is average for broadway and lite opera yet she won prizes for American Idol and now has a record scored.. Susan Boyle is known for her singing. Granted our standards must be high, perhaps because our American standards are so low as a country we are in the worst economy, look at what the consumer is buying and what increases sales in this country. Given that said I will continue to enjoy and perform my music and give others all the creative freedom to enjoy their own as well afterall it is a choice...Enough said for my soapbox!!!

Feb. 11 2011 09:59 PM

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