Grammy Awards go to Pew Fellow Jennifer Higdon and Center grantees The Crossing and PRISM Quartet

30 Jan 2018


Jennifer Higdon, 1999 Pew Fellow. Photo by Candace di Carlo.


The Crossing performs John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind at the Crane Arts Center Icebox. Photo by Rebecca Oehlers.

On Sunday night, composer and Pew Fellow Jennifer Higdon (1999) and Center grantees The Crossing and PRISM Quartet were awarded 2018 Grammy Awards by the Recording Academy.

Higdon’s “Viola Concerto,” a work co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Curtis Institute of Music, was recognized as “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” The concerto was performed by soloist Roberto Díaz with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. All Things Majestic, the complete album featuring Higdon’s “Viola Concerto,” took the Grammy for “Best Classical Compendium.” Higdon won her first Grammy at the 52nd Awards in 2009 for her composition “Percussion Concerto.”

Listen to  “Viola Concerto” here.> 

Center grantee The Crossing won the “Best Choral Performance” Grammy Award for Bryars: The Fifth Century. Commissioned by The Crossing and premiered with PRISM Quartet under conductor Donald Nally in 2014, the large-scale work, scored for choir and saxophone quartet, sets a text from the English poet Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations, taking lines from the last section “The Fifth Century.” The New York Times previously called the work a “poignant lament” and the performance “superb” and “eloquent,” while The Chicago Tribune named it one of the “Top 10 Classical Recordings” of 2016.

Listen to the album here.>

See the full list of 2018 Grammy Award recipients via The New York Times.>