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San Francisco Symphony recording of John Adams works wins Grammy Award

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

The San Francisco Symphony's live concert recording of works by Bay Area composer John Adams won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance.

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John Adams at his Berkeley music studio


The recording, which includes “Harmonielehre” and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” was released in March 2012 in conjunction with the orchestra's American Mavericks Festival.

The award marks the 15th Grammy win for the San Francisco Symphony and the 8th award on its own SFS Media label.

The symphony commissioned, premiered and recorded “Harmonielehre” in 1985 during Adams' tenure as the SFS composer-in-residence.

SFS Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” in 1986, and it was recorded during the symphony's Centennial Season Opening Gala in September 2011.

A native of New England, Adams moved to the West Coast in 1971. He lives in Berkeley and built a studio on a 40-acre plot of redwoods at the Sonoma Coast.

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