Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chorale will go to the Grammys in February

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Big news for fans of Kansas City’s already impressive classical-music scene. Yesterday, when the nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced, both the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Chorale grabbed spots.

The Symphony, conducted by Michael Stern, was nominated for Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’ in the Best Engineered Album, Classical, category. For the Kansas City Symphony calendar, go here


Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, the Kansas City Chorale’s collaborative album with the Phoenix Chorale, was  also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical, as well as Best Choral Performance. Conductor Charles Bruffy splits his time between both chorales (in addition to filling duties as the artistic director for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus). The Kansas City Chorale is currently promoting its two holiday concert programs; details on those here

KC will be represented in a few other categories at the Grammys this year. Opera singer and Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato snagged a nom for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall, a collaborative effort with British-Italian conductor and pianist Antonio Pappano. 


Karrin Allyson’s album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein is nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Allyson, who now resides in New York City, was born and raised in Great Bend, Kansas. 


Zhou Long and Chen Yi, both professors of music composition at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, together wrote Symphony “Humen 1839,” which was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. That recording is up for Best Orchestral Performance. 

You can watch the Grammys on February 15, 2016. For the full list of nominees, go here

Categories: Music