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Sounds of the City in the Concert Hall

Tod Machover of MIT is working with Miami’s New World Symphony academy to create an audio and visual masterpiece. He’s helping lead community tours to collect sounds and videos, and working with schools to teach students how to do the same. The result will be a piece for sounds, video and orchestra that tells a story unique to the Florida city.

Turning Street Noise into a City Symphony

(Courtesy Linda Poon/https://www.citylab.com)

Grammy Awards 2017

John Williams won his 23rd (!) Grammy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yo Yo Ma won for Best World Music album. There was a tie in the solo vocal category! And the Boston Symphony won their 2nd Grammy for their series of Shostakovich Symphonies.

(John Williams photo courtesy The New York Times)

Here’s the complete list of Grammys you might not have heard about. You know, the stuff we listen to.

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist – Schmann & Berg (tie)
Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker), Shakespeare Songs (tie)

Best Classical Compendium
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony) – Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Steve Reich

Best Choral Performance
​Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir) – Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1

Best Opera Recording
James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus) – Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles

Best Orchestra Performance
Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

Producer of the Year, Classical
David Frost

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Mark Donahue and Fred Vogler, Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles

Best Music Film
The Beatles, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years

Best Spoken Word Album
Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

Best Children’s Album
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Infinity Plus One

Best World Music Album
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
John Williams, composer, Star Wars: the Force Awakens