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“King Mangoberry” nominated for Latin Grammy

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 14:48:14-04

LANSING, Mich. — The College of Music at Michigan State University is thrilled to announce that a project created fully by artists from MSU has been nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards.

King Mangoberry” is a suite of music for wind symphony written by MSU Professor of Composition Ricardo Lorenz that has now been recognized internationally, and the connections to MSU and the surrounding community are strong. In addition to Lorenz, this recording is:

  • Performed by students in the MSU Wind Symphony,
  • Conducted by MSU Professor of Music Kevin Sedatole,
  • Produced by MSU Assistant Professor of Music David Thornton,
  • Arranged by MSU Music alumnus Travis Higa, and
  • Recorded locally by MSU Music alumnus Sergei Kvitko.

In addition, the artwork for the CD package was created by 7th and 8th grade students Chippewa Middle School, Okemos, Mich.

It is a truly homegrown project, made entirely in Michigan, and it is now in the epicenter of Latin Music after being nominated for Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for the track Pataruco . The latter features renowned maracas player Manuel Alejandro Rangel, and it is the first time in Latin Grammy history that Venezuelan Maracas are in a classical music category nomination.

It is rare to receive nominations of this kind for a recording created by an academic institution. The faculty members who contributed to the project are available for interviews. Students who performed on the recording may also be available for interviews.

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