Back from a 15-month lockout earlier this month, the Minnesota Orchestra celebrated more great news Sunday night with a win for Best Orchestral Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, the Star Tribune reports.
The win, which was announced prior to the telecast of the ceremonies at Staples Center, was the first for the orchestra in three tries.
The orchestra, which was also nominated last year, won for its performance of "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4." Also vying for the award were the Berlin Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart from Bologna, Italy.
The orchestra didn't have a representative at the Grammys to pick up the trophy, the Star Tribune says.
Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson honored the orchestra and music director Osmo Vänskä in a statement, KARE 11 says.
"I want to congratulate the orchestra and Osmo on this outstanding honor and to offer my thanks to the many generous donors who have made possible the orchestra's recording projects," Henson said. "This institution has an illustrious recording history that dates to the 1920s, and today's award is a brilliant achievement in that long legacy."
Vänskä on Monday also issued a statement about the win, the Star Tribune says.
"I am absolutely thrilled that this recording of Sibelius Symphonies 1 and 4 -- works so close to my heart -- has been honored with a Grammy Award," Vänskä said. "I am immensely happy and proud to have been able to achieve this in partnership with my dear and devoted friends at BIS record label and with the remarkable musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra."
Windom, Minnesota, native Maria Schneider also won a Grammy Sunday night in the Best Contemporary Classical Competition category for "Winter Morning Walks." Schneider's album features the St. Paul and Australian Chamber Orchestras, and soprano Dawn Upshaw – who won a Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for her performance.
"Winter Morning Walks" also won a Grammy in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category.
Before Sunday night, the University of Minnesota graduate had earned nine Grammy nominations and won two statues. Schneider tours the world with her own musical group, the Maria Schneider Orchestra.
A pair of former Minnesotans came up short in their bids for Grammys for their work on Taylor Swift's "Red." The Star Tribune says Dan Wilson and John Rausch were instrumental in the production of "Red," which fell short in the race for Album of the Year.
The honor instead went to Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories."
Rausch, 24, a Brooklyn Park native, was the recording engineer who worked with producer Wilson’s contributions to the disc. The newspaper says Wilson, the Minneapolis-bred former lead singer for Semisonic "has reinvented himself as a L.A.-based writer/producer, winning Grammys for hits by Adele and the Dixie Chicks."
Rausch met Wilson when he was a student at the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis. Rausch, who has relocated to Los Angeles, has worked on projects with Pink, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw, Swift, Jason Mraz and other lesser known artists.
See a complete list of all the nominees and winners here.
Sunday night's ceremony included the Grammy's annual memorial segment. Featured among the music industry people who died in the past year was Dennis "Fergie" Fredericksen, a Minneapolis-based singer who died of liver cancer at his Mound home last week.