The League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer salute composer Joan Tower and the Nashville Symphony on their three Grammys®, announced on Sunday, February 10, by the Recording Academy. Tower’s Made in America was recognized as Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The Nashville Symphony has been awarded two Grammys for its recording of Made in America, led by Music Advisor Leonard Slatkin. The Naxos recording won in the categories of Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. Released on May 29, 2007, and distributed in the United States and Canada by Naxos of America, the Nashville Symphony CD includes the first commercial recording of Tower's Made in America and also features her Tambor and Concerto for Orchestra.
Joan Tower’s Made in America was the first composition of Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.
Ford Made in America is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.
The first round of Ford Made in America is also generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was provided by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, JPMorgan Chase, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, and The Amphion Foundation.
The groundbreaking Ford Made in America program, the second cycle of which will launch in the fall of 2008, is the largest orchestral commissioning consortium in the country’s history. The program enables orchestras with smaller budgets to commission a work by an established American composer of national repute. Made in America was performed by 65 American orchestras in every state of the Union. The League and Meet The Composer are grateful to Ford Motor Company Fund for its generous support of this program.
League President and CEO Henry Fogel said, “I am delighted that Joan Tower’s Made in America has enabled 65 of our smaller orchestras to explore a new work by a living composer, demonstrating what a vibrant and forward looking field this is. Joan’s work is an important addition to the repertoire of symphony orchestras at home and even abroad. It is also gratifying to know that the recording, which was made possible by the Ford Made in America program, has met with success for the Nashville Symphony. We greatly value our partnerships with Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts and all of the funders—and especially Ford Motor Company Fund, without which this groundbreaking program would have remained a dream.”
“We are so proud that the composition has received such wonderful attention and critical acclaim,” said Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Joan Tower’s patriotic composition and the grassroots collaboration of so many orchestras showcase Ford Motor Company Fund’s commitment to crossing cultural and geographic boundaries to bring diverse audiences together.”