MONTREAL CONDUCTOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO UKRAINE AMID HIS FIVE GRAMMY NODS

Nov 16, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Montreal-based conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin holds five Grammy nominations this year, many for classical music albums outside the traditional customs of the music genre.

But the 47-year-old says working on projects that included conducting a performance of Black composer Terence Blanchard’s work and another themed around climate change proves there’s room to challenge preconceived notions.

“I take these Grammy nominations as encouragement to continue in that direction, supporting this vision we have to break the boundaries of what opera is, normally,” said Nezet-Seguin.

Among his other five nods, he’s in the running for best choral performance for a tribute to the victims of the September 11th attacks put on by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

And while Nezet-Seguin says while he can’t choose a favourite among his five Grammy nominations, his tribute to Ukraine carries a certain importance to him.

The Montreal conductor says he hopes being nominated in the best classical compendium category for “A Concert For Ukraine” serves as a reminder of the ongoing war and its innocent victims, in particular artists who suffered and are still suffering.

The benefit concert was recorded earlier this year with the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera of New York.

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