This past Sunday, the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards announced their winners which included the Albany Symphony. The ASO, conducted by David Alan Miller, won the Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Christopher Theofanidis‘ Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
The Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra was originally written for Kim Kashkashian. She sent Theofanidis a collection of Navajo poems that were wildly different in character, but had in common a supernatural sense of nature and an extremely evocative vocabulary. Each of the four movements is serious in sentiment, in turns lyrical and dramatic. Theofanidis wrote this work during the tragedy and turmoil of 9/11, starting the piece before and finishing it afterward, and was influenced by being in midtown Manhattan that day.
This is the second GRAMMY win for the Albany Symphony. The first came in 2013 for John Corigliano’s Conjurer with world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie
For a full list of winners of the 63 Annual GRAMMY Awards visit their website.