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Albany Symphony Orchestra takes home Grammy

Speaking by phone from Los Angeles, the condictor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra told CBS6 News he was shocked, amazed and delighted that a recording of a performance he conducted won the Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

"I thanked John Corigliano for writing such great music and Evelyn Glennie for playing so beautifully," David Alan Miller told CBS6 about his acceptance speech. "I thanked the Albany Symphony musicians who believe that the best music of our time deserves its place in the center of our repertoire.

The record was made in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and was released last September. "Conjurer", composed by John Corigliano, the music is not what many people would think of when they hear the term "classical music". ASO board member Faith Takes suggested that's a good thing when she was asked about the point Miller made in his speech.

"Sometimes people would rather hear the old war horse pieces," says Takes, "that's what they'd like to hear but he pushes us, all of us, to listen adventurously to new pieces and I think that's probably what he meant - that that piece, that one was innovative and new and he wanted to thank the orchestra for their patience and their delight even in doing something like that, as opposed to just doing the traditional."