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Houston Chamber Choir Wins A Grammy, Plus A Couple of “Jersey Boys” Stop By The Studio

Hear backstage stories about their Grammy experience from the 2020 Grammy Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir, and meet two of Broadway’s leading men.

  • Robert Simpson, Artistic Director & Founder of Houston Chamber Choir; Corey Greenan, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Michael Milton in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Robby Klein and Joan Marcus)
    Robert Simpson, Artistic Director & Founder of Houston Chamber Choir; Corey Greenan, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Michael Milton in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Robby Klein and Joan Marcus)
  • Artistic Director Robert Simpson and members of Houston Chamber Choir accept their award on-stage at the Grammys, January 26, 2020 (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
    Artistic Director Robert Simpson and members of Houston Chamber Choir accept their award on-stage at the Grammys, January 26, 2020 (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
  • Houston Chamber Choir's Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Robert Simpson walk the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
    Houston Chamber Choir's Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Robert Simpson walk the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
  • Houston Chamber Choir's Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Robert Simpson at the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
    Houston Chamber Choir's Marianna Parnas-Simpson and Robert Simpson at the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
  • Houston Chamber Choir's Robert Simpson, Wayne Ashley, Marianna Parnas-Simpson, Jack Byrom, Jessica Huff and Carolina Borja attend the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
    Houston Chamber Choir's Robert Simpson, Wayne Ashley, Marianna Parnas-Simpson, Jack Byrom, Jessica Huff and Carolina Borja attend the 2020 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
  • Houston Chamber Choir won the 2020 Grammy for Best Choral Performance for their album, "Duruflé: Complete Choral Works." Released in April 2019 by Signum Classics and produced by Blanton Alspaugh, the album also features Ken Cowan (organ), Cecilia Duarte (mezzo-soprano), Eduardo Tercero (baritone) and Norman Fischer (cello)
    Houston Chamber Choir won the 2020 Grammy for Best Choral Performance for their album, "Duruflé: Complete Choral Works." Released in April 2019 by Signum Classics and produced by Blanton Alspaugh, the album also features Ken Cowan (organ), Cecilia Duarte (mezzo-soprano), Eduardo Tercero (baritone) and Norman Fischer (cello)
  • Artistic Director Robert Simpson accepts the Grammy for Best Choral Performance on behalf of Houston Chamber Choir (Photo Credit: Robby Klein)
    Artistic Director Robert Simpson accepts the Grammy for Best Choral Performance on behalf of Houston Chamber Choir (Photo Credit: Robby Klein)
  • Marianna Parnas-Simpson, Robert Simpson and Blanton Alspaugh (Classical Producer of the Year & producer for Houston Chamber Choir) at the 2020 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
    Marianna Parnas-Simpson, Robert Simpson and Blanton Alspaugh (Classical Producer of the Year & producer for Houston Chamber Choir) at the 2020 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles (Photo Credit: B. Bender)
  • L-R: Corey Greenan, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Michael Milton in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Corey Greenan, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Michael Milton in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • L-R: Ashley Bruce, Amy Wagner and Connor Lyon in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Ashley Bruce, Amy Wagner and Connor Lyon in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • L-R: Michael Milton, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Corey Greenan in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Michael Milton, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Corey Greenan in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • Connor Lyon and Jon Hacker in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    Connor Lyon and Jon Hacker in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • L-R: Katie Goffman, Connor Lyon, Amy Wagner and Ashley Bruce in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Katie Goffman, Connor Lyon, Amy Wagner and Ashley Bruce in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • L-R: Michael Milton, Jon Hacker, Eric Chambliss and Corey Greenan in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Michael Milton, Jon Hacker, Eric Chambliss and Corey Greenan in "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
  • L-R: Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker, Corey Greenan, Michael Milton and the Company of "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
    L-R: Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker, Corey Greenan, Michael Milton and the Company of "Jersey Boys" (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu interviews Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson and tenor Jack Byrom on what it was like to attend the 2020 Grammys and accept the award for Best Choral Performance for their album Duruflé: Complete Choral Works. From the red carpet to the moment the envelope was opened, we go behind-the-scenes of their win. The choir's next concert is Circlesong on February 22 and 23 at South Main Baptist Church.

Then, Ernie Manouse chats with Broadway stars Corey Greenan and Hamilton Moore. They are two of the cast members of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award-winning musical that tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Broadway at The Hobby Center presents the national-touring production February 7 – 9.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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