October 22, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU’s Stephen Hawk earns 2 Grammy nods
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Two jazz category Grammy nominations and a role as featured soloist with the McKeesport Symphony Pops Orchestra are keeping Slippery Rock University’s Stephen Hawk, a professor of music, in the spotlight.
Hawk, who joined the SRU faculty in 1989, was nominated for the top music awards in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category for his work on the album “A New Promise,” featuring Sheryl Bailey with the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra in which he is co-leader. His second nomination came in the Jazz Category, Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for his work on “Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy – 21st Century Swing Band,” on which he is a featured soloist and lead trumpeter. Hawk is a founding member of the band.
Hawk will be featured in his first McKeesport Symphony Pops Orchestra appearance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the McKeesport High School Auditorium. The concert, directed by Bruce Lauffer, is titled “Tricks and Treats: A Singin’ Party” as part of Halloween festivities.
Selections will include appropriate Halloween music such as Camille Saint-Saens “Danse Macabre, op. 40,” Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” and Peter Mansfield’s arrangement of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Overture to the Phantom of the Opera.”
Hawk will be featured in a salute to the big bands and jazz trumpeters Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and others in a selection titled “Tribute to Swing Trumpeters,” arranged by Pittsburgh’s Michael Tomaro.
He will also perform Tomaro’s arrangements of “Rockin’ Chair” and Henry Mancini’s “Henry Mancini Medley.”
Winners of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be announced Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. The program will be carried live at 8 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. Winners are voted by members of the Recording Academy.
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