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Grammy for Recording of Works by Berkeley Composer John Adams

By Bay City News and Planet
Sunday February 10, 2013 - 10:20:00 PM

The San Francisco Symphony won a Grammy award today for a live concert recording of works by Berkeley composer John Adams in the category of Best Orchestral Performance, according to symphony officials.  

The recording of Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine was released in March 2012 during the symphony's month-long American Mavericks festival and tour.  

Harmonielehre was commissioned, premiered and first recorded by the symphony in March 1985, when Adams was serving as composer in residence. Short Ride in a Fast Machine was commissioned from Adams in 1986 by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.  

This is the 15th Grammy win for the symphony and the 8th won for recordings on its own SFS Media label, officials said. Thomas and the symphony also won seven Grammy awards for a recent recording of a cycle of works by Gustav Mahler.