American composer Jennifer Higdon, whose Low Brass Concerto receives its world premiere this week, is one of several Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Symphony Center Presents artists named as winners at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, announced Jan. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Joining Higdon in the winners circle are conductor Manfred Honeck, leading CSO subscription concerts Jan. 25-27 and 30; producer David Frost; Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés; jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and composer-conductor John Williams.
David Frost was named Producer of the Year-Classical, which honors his 2017 body of work, including the CSO Resound release of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, with Riccardo Muti conducting the CSO. He has now received 16 Grammys over his career.
Music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck and his home ensemble received the best orchestral performance Grammy for the album Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5/Barber: Adagio for Strings. The album also received a Grammy in the category of best engineered album-classical, with the award going to engineer Mark Donahue.
A Grammy winner in 2010, Jennifer Higdon once again won the category of contemporary classical composition, this time for her Viola Concerto, performed by Roberto Díaz and the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. “All Things Majestic,” the complete disc featuring Higdon’s Viola Concerto, took the Grammy for best classical compendium. Higdon will join the CSO for the world premiere performances Feb. 1-3 of her Low Brass Concerto, conducted by Muti and featuring CSO soloists Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy, Gene Pokorny and Charles Vernon. The work also will be performed on the CSO’s upcoming East Coast tour Feb. 7-17.
Longtime CSO favorite and multiple Oscar and Grammy winner John Williams received his 24th statuette in the category of best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella for Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, from “Catch Me If You Can” (which the CSO performed last season, with Branford Marsalis as soloist). Williams will return to the Symphony Center podium for concerts April 26-29, including a CSO at the Movies program on April 27.
In the category of best instrumental composition, Chucho Valdés received a Grammy for “Three Revolutions” (written with Arturo O’Farrill). Valdés appears with fellow pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba for an SCP Jazz concert Feb. 23.
Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant won the jazz vocal album Grammy for “Dreams and Daggers” (Mack Avenue Records); she appears on a SCP Jazz double bill on March 9.
For the complete list of winners, click here.