Several artists appearing on this season’s Symphony Center Presents series were among the winners at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, announced Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato won Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Songplay, a mixed genre recording of Italian Baroque arias, Broadway numbers and jazz standards (featuring Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter and Craig Terry as accompanists). After appearing in November with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and with the Orchestre Métropolitain Montréal at Symphony Center, DiDonato will return with Il Pomo d’Oro for an SCP Chamber Music concert May 31.
Chick Corea, who performed on the SCP Jazz series in November, received Best Latin Jazz Album honors for “Antidote,” recorded with the Spanish Heart Band.
Nicola Benedetti received the Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite with Cristian Măcelaru leading the Philadelphia Orchestra. Marsalis appeared with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in November for their annual residency at Symphony Center.
In the classical music categories, the recipients were:
Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, whose blue cathedral received its Symphony Center debut in CSO concerts led by John Storgårds in December, won Best Contemporary Classical Composition honors for her Harp Concerto.
Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic took Best Orchestral Performance honors for their recording of Andrew Norman’s Sustain. In the Best Choral Performance category, the Houston Chamber Choir under Robert Simpson won for Duruflé: Complete Choral Works.
Best Opera Recording went to the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for its release of Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s novel.
The Attacca Quartet won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its recording of Caroline Shaw’s Orange.
Nadia Shpachenko’s The Poetry of Places (Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin, producers) won for Best Classical Compendium.
The award for Best Engineered Album-Classical went to engineers Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Judith Sherman, David Harrington and Robert C. Ludwig for the Kronos Quartet’s recording of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings. Blanton Alspaugh, a protégé of former CSO engineers Mitchell Heller and Lawrence Rock, was named Producer of the Year-Classical.
In the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category, the Brian Lynch Big Band’s The Omni-American Book Club triumped over Anat Cohen Tentet’s album Triple Helix, which included the Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center Presents commission by the same name.
The complete list of winners, with the main categories announced during a live ceremony broadcast on CBS, can be found here.