Missy Mazzoli, Mead Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is among the nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, announced Dec. 7.
She is nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for her work Vespers for Violin, performed by Olivia de Prato on the album “Streya” (New Focus Recordings).
Other individuals with CSO ties also were recognized. Bill Maylone and Mary Mazurek were nominated in the Best Engineered Album-Classical category for their work on “Liquid Melancholy-Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson” (Cedille), featuring John Bruce Yeh, CSO assistant principal clarinet; Alex Klein, former principal oboe, and Patrick Godon, along with Chicago Pro Musica and the Lake Forest Symphony, led by Vladimir Kulenovic.
Former Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates’ opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Pentatone), recorded live during its 2017 world-premiere run at the Santa Fe Opera, was nominated for Best Opera Recording, Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Engineered Album-Classical. One of the vocalists featured on this disc, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, will appear with the CSO and Chorus in Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 20-23.
And former CSO principal trumpet Craig Morris was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album of works by Philip Glass titled “Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square” (Bridge Records).
In addition, several artists appearing on this season’s Symphony Center Presents series were recognized. Cécile McLorin Salvant, performing April 12 with the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 60th Anniversary lineup, was nominated in the Jazz Vocal Album category for her album “The Window” (Mack Avenue). Jazz greats Joshua Redman (Feb. 1) and Wayne Shorter (June 7) are competing in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, Redman for “Still Dreaming” (Nonesuch) and Shorter with his quartet for “Emanon” (Blue Note).
Roots artist Chris Thile, appearing with “Live from Here” on Jan. 26, received a nomination with his group Punch Brothers for “All Ashore” (Nonesuch) in the Best Folk Album category. The Soweto Gospel Choir, which performed Nov. 16 in an SCP Special Concert, is up for Best Folk Album for “Freedom” (Shanachie). Leif Ove Andsnes, appearing Jan. 27 in an SCP Piano recital, was nominated with Marc-André Hamelin, a Symphony Center favorite, for their disc “Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos” (Hyperion) in Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
A complete list of nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced on Feb. 10 in a nationally telecast ceremony on CBS.
TOP: Missy Mazzoli offers comments at the MusicNOW concert Oct. 22. | Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018