Grammy nod for isle Pops

The Honolulu Symphony has received its first Grammy nomination for the CD "Rosemary Clooney: The Last Concert," which has been nominated in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Other nominees are Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler and Rod Stewart.

Clooney recorded the disc with the Honolulu Symphony Pops, conducted by Matt Catingub, in November 2001 shortly before her death. It features her live performance with the orchestra at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, and includes some of her favorite songs, including "Sentimental Journey" and "God Bless America" (her only recording of that classic).

Principal pops conductor Catingub, now in his sixth season, is a saxophonist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger. He also arranges and orchestrates music for artists, including Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Diana Krall and Christopher Cross, who do not have orchestra charts.

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