Visiting Professor part of Grammy-Winning Recording

Matthew Lau can now add “Grammy-winning performer” to his visiting professor title at Simpson College.

Lau was a featured performer on the Florentine Opera Company’s recording of “Elmer Gantry,” which was awarded a Grammy Award for best contemporary classical composition.

But Lau was neither in Los Angeles for Sunday night’s live event nor watching at home. He was busy helping out with a rehearsal for the Simpson College performance of the opera, “Cosi fan tutte,” which opens Friday.

In fact, he didn’t learn about the award until Monday morning.

“The Internet’s been buzzing today,” he said “Most of the students already knew. It’s a very nice feeling.”

The Elmer Gantry performance was recorded about a year ago. Lau, a bass-baritone, is one of seven individual performers. He has sung opera for 32 years.

“Elmer Gantry” also won a Grammy for best engineering.

Lau has been a visiting professor at Simpson this academic year. He received his B.S. in music and theatre from Indiana University and his master of music degree in performance and literature from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

Of the Grammy, Lau said, “It’s making people smile today. In the middle of all this snow, it’s a happy thing.”

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