Monthly Archives: February 2012

DiDonato and Metheny Win Grammys

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Joyce DiDonato giving her acceptance speech for Best Classical Vocal Solo at yesterday's Grammy Awards.

KC natives Joyce DiDonato and Pat Metheny won Grammy awards Sunday afternoon. The awards were part of the Grammy Pre-Telecast, available on the web at grammy.com.

DiDonato won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her album Diva, Divo.

Metheny won his 19th Grammy (by my count, not confirmed) for his album “What’s It All About,” in the Best New Age Album category. This also is the fourth genre in which he’s won an award. The bulk of Metheny’s awards have been for jazz, but in addition to New Age, he’s won Grammys in rock and Americana.

Grammy Preview: Joyce DiDonato to Perform on Pre-Telecast

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Joyce DiDonato

The Grammy Awards have announced that KC resident Joyce DiDonato will perform on the Pre-Telecast Ceremony Sunday afternoon, which will stream live at 3 p.m. Central time at grammy.com/live and cbs.com.

A mezzo-soprano, DiDonato grew up in the KC suburb of Prairie Village, Kan. and still lives in the area. She has performed in recital and in operas around the world, and has been called “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker.

At this year’s Grammys, DiDonato was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Diva, Divo, her recording with Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon, conducted by Kazushi Ono.

In this clip, she discusses the album, which features a mix of female and male roles from a variety of operas.

Grammy Preview: “‘Round Midnight,” by Karrin Allyson

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Jazz pianist/vocalist Karrin Allyson was born in Great Bend, Kan., about 250 miles west of Kansas City. She lived in Kansas City in the 1990s and early aughts before relocating to New York.

She’s been nominated for a Grammy four times, including a nomination at this year’s Grammy Awards. Her album ‘Round Midnight was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

In this promotional clip from her label, Concord Records, Allyson discusses making the album.

Grammy Preview: “And I Love Her,” by Pat Metheny

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Guitarist Pat Metheny has won 18 Grammy Awards, the most of any Kansas City-connected artist. Metheny grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb in the southeast part of the metropolitan area.

On Sunday’s Grammy Awards, he’s nominated for Best New Age Album, for What’s It All About.

Here’s a track from that album, a really nice version of the Beatles’ And I Love Her.