The St. Louis Symphony Took Home a Grammy Last Night

By Tessa Shull
In Culture
Conductor David Robertson, courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/St. Louis Symphony.

Conductor David Robertson, courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/St. Louis Symphony.

Film has the Oscars, theater has the Tonys, and, last night, the best of the music world was honored at the Grammys—including the St. Louis Symphony, which took home the Best Orchestral Performance Award for John Adams’ composition, “City Noir.” The St. Louis Symphony received not one but two nominations this year, and last night’s win marks their seventh Grammy and their first since 1991.

The Nonesuch recording includes two compositions by Adams, both recorded live at Powell Hall and directed by David Robertson in 2013: the symphonic work “City Noir,” and the Saxophone Concerto, featuring soloist Timothy McAllister. The recording received much attention during its release last year when NPR selected it as part of their top 25 favorite albums in 2014. Last night, it beat out the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Berlin symphonies for the Grammy win.

According to St. Louis Symphony’s vice president Adam Crane, the orchestra was mid-performance when news of the Grammy win arrived, but as the orchestra came off stage at intermission to receive the news, excitement filled Powell Hall. For many of the orchestra’s members, this will be their first Grammy award.

Last night’s win is the St. Louis Symphony’s seventh and represents a significant milestone, as it’s the first Grammy win under conductor David Robertson (check out ALIVE’s Q&A with him).

For information on upcoming performances, visit the St. Louis Symphony site.

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