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Lucas Richman wins a Grammy Award!

October 13, 2013 Biographical 0 Comments

LUCAS RICHMAN WINS GRAMMY AWARD IN CLASSICAL CROSSOVER CATEGORY
LOS ANGELES (February 14, 2011) – Conductor Lucas Richman received his first
GRAMMY Award at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards yesterday for having
conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical/world fusion
album Calling All Dawns. He won the award for Best Classical Crossover Album while
the album also garnered a second award, Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocalists, for the hit song Baba Yetu.
Lucas Richman is currently Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and
the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Richman served as a conductor for the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra between 1998-2004 and has appeared as guest conductor with
numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Baltimore Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony. He has collaborated with leading
film composers, conducting for film scores such as the Academy Award-nominated The
Village (with violinist, Hilary Hahn) and As Good As It Gets. Most recently, John
Williams personally invited Mr. Richman to serve as conductor for the three-month
national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert.
Calling to All Dawns, composed by Christopher Tin, features the collaborative efforts of
over 200 musicians from around the world, singing poems and prayers in 12 different
languages. Performers include legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, the
Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, early music singers Anonymous 4, Iranian-born
Sussan Deyhim, Portuguese fado singer Dulce Pontes, Chinese soprano Jia Ruhan, and
Japanese pop singers Lia, Aoi Tada and Kaori Omura. The Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Richman, performs the orchestral accompaniment. The
album was mixed and recorded by Grammy-winning engineer John Kurlander at Abbey
Road Studios. The opening song Baba Yetu (a setting of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili,
sung by the Soweto Gospel Choir) is well known to video game aficionados as the theme
song to the popular game Civilization IV. Yesterday’s win for Baba Yetu marks the first
time ever that a piece of music written for a video game has received Grammy
recognition. The album, Calling All Dawns, can be downloaded in digital format at:
http://www.christophertin.com
An accomplished composer as well, Mr. Richman has had his music performed by over
two hundred orchestras in the last ten years, and his works written specifically for
children have been featured in young people’s concerts by orchestras such as the Atlanta
Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Behold the Bold
Umbrellaphant, a setting of poems by Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, was most
recently recorded by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for an album soon to be
released. A listing of Mr. Richman’s compositions can be found through LeDor Group,
Inc. at www.ledorgroup.com.

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