USC Thornton alumni, faculty take home GRAMMY Awards

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards further distinguished USC Thornton as one of the premiere music institutions in the world as three USC Thornton representatives were winners at the award ceremony, while various others received GRAMMY nominations.

USC Thornton alumnus Herb Alpert received his ninth GRAMMY, this time in the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” category for his album, Steppin’ Out. USC Thornton Board of Councilors Member and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Thomas Newman, who studied at USC, won the “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” category for his work as composer of the James Bond film Skyfall. Midori, USC Distinguished Professor, USC Thornton Strings Department Chair, and the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, was featured on Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik (conducted by Christoph Eschenbach), which won the award for “Best Classical Compendium.”

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