Jennifer Higdon, in town last week for a Market Square Concerts performance of her "Impressions" with the Cypress String Quartet, won a Grammy Award tonight in the Classical Music category "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" for her Percussion Concerto, a recording conducted by Marin Alsop with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Colin Currie, for whom the work had been composed. The Percussion Concerto had been performed in March 2008 by the Harrisburg Symphony with conductor Stuart Malina and the orchestra's principal percussionist, Chris Rose, the soloist.
The winner of the Best Chamber Music Recording is the Emerson Quartet, frequent visitors in past seasons with Market Square Concerts, for their Deutsche Gramophon CD of Janaček and Martinu quartets called "Intimate Letters."
For a list of the winners of the Classical GRAMMYs, go to Thoughts on a Train.
- Dr. Dick