Threatened Dutch orchestra nominated for Grammy Awards

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The Dutch Metropole Orchestra has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards: 'Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album', 'Best Instrumental Arrangement' en 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists'. The nominations have just been announced.

The Grammy Awards are the most important prizes in the international music industry. The top Dutch light-music ensemble has been nominated for Grammy Awards often in the past.

The Metropole Orchestra is one of the Dutch radio orchestras threatened with closure as part of the new Dutch government’s cuts to the arts.

The orchestra’s performance on the CD, , with guitarist John Scofield won the nomination for 'Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album'. The orchestra is conducted by its artistic director Vince Mendoza. His arrangement of the opening number, Carlos, is nominated for the category, 'Best Instrumental Arrangement'.

Another of Mendoza’s arrangements has been nominated for the 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists' category. It is the number, , on a CD with the Norwegian singer Silje Nergaard.

The Grammy winners will be announced on 13 February in Los Angeles.



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