St. Louis Symphony wins Grammy

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - There`s good reason these two gateway city residents are grinning.

It all started Sunday afternoon around 3 pm when they heard their St. Louis Symphony Orchestra had won a Grammy.

'Then we ran downstairs, we ran downstairs,' says Adam Crane, VP External Affairs for the St. Louis Symphony. 'The orchestra they were actually on the stage. It was the first half of the concert and they were headed off stage for intermission and we were standing at the door.'

During the untelevised portion Adam crane and Erika Ebsworth-Goold got the news that the Symphony had won for best orchestral performance in John Adam`s city noir recording.

The piece is based on Los Angeles in the 1940's but the dark theme is resulting in good news right the intersection of Delmar and grand.

'The Grammys is a symbol of excellence when it comes to all sorts of music,' says Erika Ebsworth-Goold, SLSO Publicist. 'It's the gold standard in the industry. And for this orchestra to win this right now for this city, it's a huge deal.'

It`s a world honor comparable to a game seven winner for the city. But the SLSO hadn't slated a Grammy statue since 1991 when Leonard Slatkin was in charge.

'Last Fall with Leonard Slatkin and David Robertson was the first time the two of them had ever had a joint interview and I think I referred to them as the Bob Gibson and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Symphony,' says Crane.

And while this is the seventh Grammy win for the symphony there is only one Grammy given out to the orchestra.

'Everybody has to share,' says Ebsworth-Goold. 'Now something the musicians were talking about is maybe they'd treat it like the Stanley Cup and everybody gets a day with the Grammy.'

And that's a good day for a Grammy winning symphony and city.