Two Members of Penn Arts and Sciences Community Nominated for Grammys

Two members of the Penn Arts and Sciences community were nominated for Grammy awards this year.

Tony Peebles, C'03, plays saxophone in the 19-piece band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Their album, PMO, won the award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Peebles was also Performance Coordinator for the Department of Music before moving to Oakland, California.

Joseph Hallman, LPS'13, is a longtime Liberal and Professional Studies employee and composer whose work was featured on Sprung Rhythm, nominated for Best Surround Sound Album. Sprung Rhythm features six works by emerging composers, including Hallman's "Three Poems of Jessica Hornik" and "imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres." The works were commissioned by Inscape, the chamber orchestra that performed the album.

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Exploring the Sounds of the Middle Ages

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