SF Symphony Wins a Grammy

Recording of music by Bay Area composer John Adams wins for
Best Orchestral Performance

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) live concert recording of works by Bay Area composer and longtime collaborator John Adams has won a 2013 Grammy® Award today in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. The recording of Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine was released in March 2012 in conjunction with the Orchestra’s month-long American Mavericks festival and tour. This award marks the 15th Grammy win for the San Francisco Symphony and the 8th award on its own SFS Media label. MTT and the Orchestra garnered seven Grammy awards for their recent recording cycle of works by Gustav Mahler.

The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Hear Adams and MTT’s insights about the work at http://bit.ly/YTHarmonielehre.

Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine from John Adams in 1986. A video excerpt of the Grammy winning performance from the Orchestra’s Centennial Season Opening Gala in September 2011 can be viewed at http://bit.ly/13fiNce. Adams and Tilson Thomas talk about the genesis of Short Ride in a Fast Machine in a short video found at http://bit.ly/YTShortRide.

MTT and the SFS’ releases on SFS Media reflect the artistic identity of the orchestra’s programming, including its commitment to performing the work of American maverick composers alongside that of the core classical masterworks. The recording is available as a hybrid SACD, playable in conventional CD players as well as in SACD stereo and SACD surround formats for audiophiles who want a greater range of premiere sound options, and as a studio master quality digital download. All SFS Media recordings are available from the Symphony Store in Davies Symphony Hall and online at sfsymphony.org/storeas well as other major retailers. The recordings can also be purchased as downloads from iTunesand other digital outlets. SFS Media recordings are distributed by harmonia mundi in the U.S., SRI Canada, IODA digitally and Avie internationally.

For more information about this and other Grammy awards visit www.grammy.com

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