Grammys 2015: ‘City Noir,’ L.A.’s Partch take home classical awards

Members of the Partch percussion ensemble performing at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica in 2008.
(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

“City Noir,” which made its world premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2009, won the Grammy Award for best orchestral performance on Sunday.

The performance of the John Adams work by the St. Louis Symphony under conductor David Robertson was among the winners in the classical music categories announced in a pre-telecast Grammy ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based percussion ensemble Partch took home a Grammy for its album “Plectra & Percussion Dances” in the classical compendium category.


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Partch also was nominated for best chamber music/small ensemble performance, but the award in that category went to Hilary Hahn and Cory Smythe for “In 27 Pieces -- The Hilary Hahn Encores,” on which Hahn plays violin pieces with Smythe accompanying on piano.

Austin, Texas-based Conspirare took home the Grammy for best choral performance for “The Sacred Spirit of Russia,” conducted by Craig Hella Johnson.

Among the other classical wins this year was the orchestral piece “Become Ocean,” for which composer John Luther Adams also took home the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Other winners: Jason Vieaux for best classical instrument solo for “Play”; Anne Sofie Von Otter’s “Douce France” for best classical solo album; and “Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers,” conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, for best opera recording.

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