A recording featuring the Albany Symphony Orchestra and percussionist Evelyn Glennie has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Classical Instrument Solo.
It is the first nomination for the ASO, which has been under the direction of David Alan Miller since 1992.
“I feel extremely elated and endlessly proud of our orchestra, our community and our mission of presenting the best music by living composers alongside the classics,” Miller said after hearing news of the nomination.
The recording is of “Conjurer — Concerto for Percussionist & String Orchestra,” written by John Corigliano. The disc includes another work by Corigliano, “Vocalise,” and was released on the Naxos label in September.
Other nominees in the Classical Solo category include works performed by Gloria Cheng with the Calder Quartet, Yefim Bronfman with the New York Philharmonic and Leila Josefowicz with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Miller pointed out that ASO is the smallest orchestra to be nominated. “And, that’s the point," he said. “Our visionary, but very small-budget orchestra in a modest-sized community in beautiful upstate New York is once again being recognized for internationally important and world-class work in our field. No other orchestra of similar size in the entire world is anywhere on the entire Grammy list.”
Glennie will return to perform “Strike Zones,” Joan Tower’s 2001 concerto for percussion and orchestra, with the ASO during the American Music Festival on Saturday, May 17. Tickets are available at albanysymphony.com or by calling 518.694.3300.