It's just been announced that the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Juno Award in the the “Classical Album of the Year” category.
The nomination is for the “Into the Wonder” album released last year.
The project began in 2012 and took four years to bring to fruition, with its official release back on Nov. 3.
The music was composed entirely by young Canadian composer Jordan Pal.
The recording features Canada's celebrated Gryphon Trio playing with the TBSO.
“It's been an exhilarating experience performing and recording the music of Jordan Pal,” said past music director Arthur Post, describing Pal's compositions.
Post incubated the project and led the orchestra through the recordings.
“From my first encounter, I was attracted to his music's compositional integrity,” he noted.
“Here was new music animated by logical and natural progressions," Post added. "Music that embraced traditional tonality, pulse, and expression while displaying a distinctly 21st-century sonic brilliance.”
“Into the Wonder” was commissioned by the TBSO under the leadership of its past president, Paul Inksetter.
“I'm always amazed at how these brilliant musicians assimilate the music, making it their own,” said Inksetter.
“I couldn't be more proud.”
The project was financed by a group of local investors and through a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
The album was recorded live at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, which is highly-regarded for its fine acoustics, in March, 2016.
The CD can be purchased through the TBSO office by calling 1-807-626-TBSO (8276), at any TBSO concert, or by downloading online at analekta.com/en/albums