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Hancher musical co-commission grabs two Grammy Award nominations
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Corigliano's String Quartet, a work that was co-commissioned
by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, has earned Grammy Award nominations
for Corigliano and the Cleveland Quartet.
The score of the Corigliano String Quartet is a nominee in the Best Contemporary
Classical Composition category, and the Cleveland Quartet's performance of
the work on their "Farewell Recording" released on the Telarc label
was nominated in the Best Chamber Music Performance Category. The Grammy Award
nominations were announced on Jan. 7.
Hancher and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts commissioned the work
for performance on the Cleveland Quartet's farewell tour in the fall on 1995.
The quartet, with Iowa City native William Preucil Jr. playing first violin,
performed the Corigliano composition in their Oct. 30, 1995, Hancher concert.
Funds for Hancher's co-commission came from the auditorium's annual giving
program, known as Hancher Circle, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
So the commissioning of the piece was a direct result of the financial contributions
of Hancher's individual and business supporters.
Corigliano has been widely recognized as one of the leading composers of our
time in the classical tradition. He won the 1991 Grawemeyer Award -- music's
Nobel Prize -- and he achieved a dazzling success with "Ghosts of Versailles,"
the first new Metropolitan Opera commission in 25 years. Corigliano was selected
as Musical America's 1992 Composer of the Year.
Corigliano wrote that as he composed his first string quartet he was continuously
aware that "I was writing for one of the greatest of all quartets, the
Cleveland Quartet, and that they were presenting this work during their farewell
tour before disbanding. The idea of an ensemble such as this playing for the
last time surely colored the emotional palette of my quartet with a feeling