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Many recent and upcoming Hancher artists scored at the 1998 Grammy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Many artists who have recently performed in the University
of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, or are scheduled for performances in the coming
months, were winners in the 1998 Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 25. Those
winners were the Emerson String Quartet, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater,
trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist
Pat Metheny, Cajun band BeauSoleil, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and composers
Richard Danielpour and John Adams.
The Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance went to the Emerson String
Quartet for its set of Beethoven quartets. The Emerson Quartet will present
two Beethoven concerts in Hancher next fall, Sept. 14 and 16.
Bridgewater entertained at Hancher Auditorium last season with her tribute
to Ella Fitzgerald, and also inaugurated Hancher's interactive educational
programs over the Iowa Communications Network. Her CD "Dear Ella"
won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, and the recording also
was honored for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal.
Payton, who shared a Hancher bill this season with the trio of Joshua
Christian McBride and Brian Blade, received the Grammy for Best Instrumental
Solo for his work with trumpeter Doc Cheatam on "Stardust."
Pat Metheny has presented multiple Hancher concerts. His duo with Iowa
Charlie Haden, "Beyond the Missouri Sky," took the Grammy
Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. Haden's Quartet West, a jazz
ensemble inspired by the film and popular music of the '30s and '40s, is
scheduled to perform in Hancher Sept. 26.
BeauSoleil has packed Hancher two seasons in a row. The Louisiana band
added to its Grammy collection with a 1998 award for Best Traditional Folk
Yo-Yo Ma is a long-time Hancher favorite for both his solo concerts
and his duos with pianist Emanuel Ax. Already a multiple-Grammy winner,
Ma was honored for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra),
and for Best Classical Album for "Premieres -- Cello Concertos"
with the Philadelphia Orchestra. That recording includes a cello concerto
by Danielpour. Hancher has commissioned a piano trio from Danielpour that
will be premiered in Hancher during the spring of 2000, as part of the
auditorium's Millennium Festival.
Adams, who conducted the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a Hancher program
of his and other contemporary compositions, was honored with a Grammy for
"Best Classical Contemporary Composition," and the recording
of his "Harmonium" also won a Grammy for the Atlanta Symphony