Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra are clearly enjoying a golden age, since year after year they keep winning more Grammy gold. At Monday’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Guerrero and the NSO won the Best Classical Compendium Award for their 2013 recording of American Composer Stephen Paulus’ music. The orchestra was also a finalist in two other categories — Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Classical Producer of the Year. Both of those nominations were for the NSO’s 2015 recording of American composer Joan Tower’s music.
Paulus, who was one of America's most lyrically gifted and prolific composers, died in 2014 from complications of a stroke. Not surprisingly, Paulus’ music was in the running for multiple Grammy Awards on Monday night. His work “Far in the Heavens,” from the album Prayers and Remembrances, won the Best Contemporary Classical Composition award. That same work, performed by True Concord Voices and Orchestra, was also nominated for Best Choral Performance.