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Cleveland's Telarc label wins Grammy.

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Marc Roberge of OAR, February 8 at the Wolstein Center. - Walter  Novak
Marc Roberge of OAR, February 8 at the Wolstein Center.
Cleveland record label Telarc International won a Grammy for best classical crossover album at the 48th annual awards ceremony on February 8. It took the honor for 4 + Four, a freewheeling collaboration between Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet that dips briefly into bluegrass and ends with a Beatles cover. The Grammy is the label's 49th since 1980. Telarc received six nominations this year, including one for classical producer of the year, which went to 4 + Four producer Thomas C. Moore.

"I was thrilled," says Moore, Telarc's chief engineer. "I really fought to do this particular project. I put a lot of myself into this project, called in a lot of favors to get it done. I believed it would be good."

A Shaker Heights resident, Moore came to Cleveland in 1984 to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is now an oboist with the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, and Red {an Orchestra}.

Last year, Telarc's release of LAGQ's Guitar Heroes, by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, took the same honor. Founded in 1977 to produce classical records, Telarc now has a catalog of more than 1,000 discs that includes crossover and jazz. Moore says the company's unusual location has helped it become an eclectic enterprise that releases more than 50 albums a year.

"[Telarc] is an anomaly, because most labels are headquartered in L.A., Nashville, or New York," says Moore. "When I tell people I'm from Cleveland, even people from Cleveland are surprised. But I think it's one of the things that has made us successful."

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· Cleveland AC/DC tribute band Bonfire has been invited to play the Big Ball 3, the world's largest AC/DC convention, to be held in Wales in August. On Saturday, February 18, at the Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, the band will mark the 26th anniversary of the death of original singer Bon Scott (5324 State Road) with an all-Scott-era set, complete with bagpipes.

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