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Queen's lecturer gets Juno nod

[photo of Marjan Mozetich]Adjunct lecturer Marjan Mozetich.
Photo by Kristyn Wallace.

For the second year in a row, a Queen’s faculty member is headed to Canada’s biggest music awards celebration as a nominee. Adjunct lecturer Marjan Mozetich has received two Juno nominations in the classical composition of the year category. Professor John Burge won a Juno in the same category in 2009.

“I knew there was something afoot,” says Mr. Mozetich of the nomination, which he found out about on Wednesday when friends called to tell him the good news. “I’m thrilled, just thrilled. It adds to a prestige for Queen’s and the School of Music. It puts us on the map, and that’s a good thing.”

Mr. Mozitech, who has taught at Queen’s since 1991, is nominated for “Angels in Flight” and “Lament in the Trampled Garden,” both from the album Lament in the Trampled Garden. Two of his works are also on an album nominated for classical album of the year. He describes his music as “very beautiful and harmonic, with a certain lushness to it.”

Mr. Mozetich is no stranger to the Junos; he was nominated in 2001 for his album Affairs of the Heart, but did not win. He says he’ll likely be just as nervous the second time around. “You go to the ceremonies and make this effort and then you have to sit there and tensely wait to see who’s going to win,” he says of the experience.

This year’s event takes place April 17 and 18 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, culminating in the televised ceremony on Sunday evening. “Unfortunately, they don’t do anything in terms of classical (during the Sunday performances),” says Mr. Mozitech. “It would be nice to see some representation for these other genres of music.”

But people in the Kingston area who’d like to hear Mr. Mozitech’s music will have a chance well before the Junos. Sinfonia Toronto, one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras, will perform music by both Mr. Mozetich and Professor Burge on Sunday, March 14 at Grant Hall.

Mr. Mozetich says hearing his music performed live is an interesting experience. “If they’re good, it’s wonderful,” he says with a laugh. “If they’re not good, it’s painful.”

For more information about Sinfonia Toronto’s performance at Grant Hall, visit http://www.queensmusic.ca/music/?q=node/800.

For more information about the Juno awards, visit www.junoawards.ca.

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