64th Annual Grammy Awards: And The Grammy Goes To…

This photo features Artistic Directors Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and Luke McEndarfer during the presentation of Best Choral Performance. Photo Credit: Pacific Chorale.

Music’s biggest night was last night, Sunday, April 3. Hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards celebrated entries that were submitted between Sept. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021. We’re thrilled for the following Grammy award-winning artists who have performed with Pacific Symphony in the past and for those who are joining us next season. Congratulations, everyone! Enjoy every moment.

* indicates past/upcoming Pacific Symphony guest artist

BEST OPERA RECORDING

  • Glass*: Akhnaten
    Karen Kamensek*, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’ 
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad*, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale*)

Fun Fact: The singers of Pacific Chorale were in rehearsal with us yesterday when news of their Grammy win came in. You can see their reaction on their Facebook page here.

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
    Yo-Yo Ma* & Emanuel Ax*

BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM

  • Mythologies
    Sangeeta Kaur & Hila Plitmann*; Danaë Xanthe Vlasse, pianist (Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto & Emilio D. Miler)

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION

  • Shaw: Narrow Sea 
    Caroline Shaw*, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion)

To see the full list of winners, please click here. Have a great week, everyone!

64th Annual Grammy Awards: Congratulations To All The Nominees!

This photo collage features Composer Clarice Assad, Artistic Director Robert Istad with Pacific Chorale and Sandbox Percussion.

Music’s biggest night is this Sunday, April 3. Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. This will be Noah’s second ceremony as host. We’re thrilled that so many past and upcoming Pacific Symphony guest artists and Southern California neighbors are nominated in several categories.

Congratulations to all the nominees! We’re rooting for you!

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA

  • One Night In Miami…
    Leslie Odom, Jr. (& Various Artists)
    Nicholai Baxter, compilation producer; Randall Poster, music supervisor

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA

  • Speak Now [From One Night In Miami…]
    Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.)

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL

  • Archetypes
    Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
    Richard King, engineer (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
    Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL

Steven Epstein

  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax) (A)
  • Songs Of Comfort And Hope (Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott) (A)

David Frost

  • Glass: Akhnaten (Karen Kamensek, J’Nai Bridges, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Zachary James, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra) (A)

Elaine Martone

  • Archetypes (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion) (A)

BEST OPERA RECORDING

  • Glass: Akhnaten
    Karen Kamensek, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

  • Akiho: Seven Pillars
    Sandbox Percussion
  • Archetypes
    Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
    Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION

  • Akiho: Seven Pillars
    Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
  • Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes
    Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Shaw: Narrow Sea
    Caroline Shaw, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion)

To review the complete list of nominees across all genres, please click here. To learn everything you need know about Sunday’s big night, please click here.

Miscellany

Florence Price

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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has named a new music director. …

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What’s more, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music event also has a new leader, a celebrated pianist. …

Alex Ross in The New Yorker tells the strange tale of composer Florence Price and makes an eloquent case for her inclusion in the repertoire. …

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Joshua Kosman in The San Francisco Chronicle argues for the “monumental influence” of Philip Glass. …