National exposure for the production talents of a Grammy Award-winning recording industry professor was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with John Hill first aired Jan. 23 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation above.
American Public Media’s nationally syndicated “Performance Today” radio program first played the Hill-produced contemporary classical number “Cymbeline,” composed by David Bruce and performed by Avi Avital and the Dover Quartet, last June.
“We regularly send things to APM,” said Hill, a veteran professor who teaches audio engineering in the Department of Recording Industry.
“They listened to it, they put it on one of their programs, and then they had a really amazing listener response. People were calling in and saying, ‘Where do we get this recording?’”
Although “Cymbeline” is a classical piece, it was influenced by Appalachian folk music and prominently features a mandolin. “Performance Today” called it a “sunny piece”; you can hear it here.
Segments of other tracks produced by Hill are woven throughout the program, including “Love Endures All Things,” written by Paul Moravec; “Pater Noster,” performed by The King’s Singers; and “Up from the Pit,” composed by MTSU School of Music professor Jamey Simmons.
Hill’s recording of the “Metropolis Symphony,” composed by Michael Daugherty and performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, earned five Grammy nominations in 2010 and received two Grammys at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in February 2011: best engineered album, classical and best orchestral performance. He also was nominated in 2009 for the best classical album Grammy for his recording of Ravel’s “L’enfant et les Sortileges” by the Nashville Symphony.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.