It's no surprise to Western New Yorkers that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has won another Grammy Award.

The BPO, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, UCLA Chamber Singers, and composer Richard Danielpour, under the direction of JoAnn Falletta have taken home a Grammy for their choral performance.

"The Passion of Yeshua" was written by Danielpour, a schoolmate and longtime friend of Maestro JoAnn Falletta. The composition is described as the personal telling of the final hours of Christ on earth.

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"The musicians, singers, Richard, and I are truly humbled and honored by these awards," Falletta said in a statement. " 'The Passion of Yeshua’ was an incredible project that brought together hundreds of musicians and voices in a simply unforgettable performance. "We thank the Recording Academy for this prestigious honor, and all the other remarkable nominees for their outstanding work."

It's not the first Grammy win for the orchestra who won the prestigious award in 2008, under Falletta, for its recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan."

JoAnn Falletta won a Grammy herself in 2019. Falletta and producer Tim Handley won in the Best Classical Compendium category for a record titled "Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush," which she at the time recorded with the London Symphony.

It should also be noted that the BPO was nominated for Grammys in the categories of Best Contemporary Classical Composition and with the group's audio engineer, Bernd Gottinger, who was up for Best Engineered Classical Album.



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