The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra has won itself a national award for showcasing never-before-recorded American romantic music of the late 19th and 20th century, reports benzinga.com.
The orchestra was honored with The American Prize for its première recording released by New Focus Recordings. The music comes from the Fleischer Collection of the Philadelphia Free Library.
The Lansdowne Orchestra, with its 75 plus members, started in 1946 and is one of the oldest community orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
American composers represented in the world premiere recording were either native born or were recent immigrants.
The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings.
The Award contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.
Reuben Blundell has been music director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Over the past five years, he and the musicians have built on the orchestra’s great talent and potential on stage and in the community, making it one of Pennsylvania’s great artistic treasures.
Read more about the Lansdowne Orchestra’s national award here.