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Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection is the third release in Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler recording series, which will eventually record all of Mahler’s symphonies. Aside from Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, members of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), the recording features soprano Ruby Hughes, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and the Minnesota Chorale.
This is Local 8 (Milwaukee, WI) member Haynie’s first release after launching his solo career. Faith Over Fear is inspired by his own struggles to confront his weaknesses and overcome them with “faith, vision, and courage.” Haynie has faced many challenges growing up in poverty.
Known for his rich deep voice and distinctive style, Grammy-nominated country musician Josh Turner has sold more than 2.5 million units. I Serve a Savior marks his first gospel album and first appearance in Billboard’s Christian charts, debuting at number two both on that chart and the Top Country Albums Chart and number one on Nielsen’s Country Albums Chart.
This third album by percussionist Peter Kogan (Local 30-73, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN) offers mainstream jazz that is challenging yet accessible, comprising seven of his originals and four classics.
Local 41 (Johnstown, PA) member Tom Brunner isn’t kidding when he says “Weird Band Alert!” He wears a chicken head onstage while performing television show theme songs such as “Hawaii 5-0” on a Suzuki Q-Chord synth-guitar, and squawks occasionally. The Final Cluck contains 27 tunes, from “Turkey Bells” to “Coconut Island of Love.”
The award-winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name. It tells the story of a group of Egyptian musicians, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who come to Israel to perform and end up getting stuck overnight in the wrong town.
The bond between Local 802 (New York City) members Chick Corea and Steve Gadd goes back more than 50 years. The two-disc album Chinese Butterfly is a result of the two musicians’ long-held desire to work together more intensely.
Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member John Rodby makes reference to his aversion to the use of computers in composition and orchestration with the title Tyranoscorus Rex.
This recording of Handel’s “Messiah” features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, members of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Soprano Jennifer O’Loughlin, Alto Diana Moore, Tenor Nicholas Phan, and Bass Sidney Outlaw.
John Legend of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) released his first-ever holiday album, featuring eight holiday classics, such as “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” as well as six new holiday tunes.