‘Symphony In Sculpture’ DVD producer and engineer receive Grammy Awards

February 13, 2013

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Date: February 13, 2013
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PRODUCER & ENGINEER FOR DES MOINES SYMPHONY’S SYMPHONY IN SCULPTURE DVD EARN GRAMMY AWARDS FOR PREVIOUSLY-PRODUCED PROJECTS

DES MOINES  – Blanton Alspaugh, producer of the Des Moines Symphony’s forthcoming Symphony In Sculpture DVD, won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical. Symphony In Sculpture DVD audio engineer John Newton was one of three engineers whose album Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen won for Best Engineered Album, Classical.  Both received their honors this past weekend at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

“It feels mainly like an award for keeping good company in terms of the composers, conductors, players and singers who made the music on these recordings. And I would certainly say that I consider that Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony to be that kind of good company,” Blanton Alspaugh said.

“I was so impressed with Blanton and John when they came to Des Moines in December to record Steve Heitzeg’s Symphony in Sculpture with the Des Moines Symphony. One can only imagine how thrilled I was to hear that they had both won at the Grammy Awards several days ago. They are the standard bearers in the orchestra recording world and I am so pleased for them,” said Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

The Des Moines Symphony’s Symphony In Sculpture DVD is due to be released to the public in early spring. For more information, please visit dmsymphony.org.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-