BUFFALO — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus are the proud recipients of a GRAMMY Award in the category of “Best Choral Performance” for their recording of Richard Danielpour’s ‘The Passion of Yeshua.’ The recording features the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta; the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, prepared by Adam Luebke; and the UCLA Chamber Singers, prepared by James K. Bass.

‘The Passion of Yeshua’ is a dramatic oratorio written by contemporary composer Richard Danielpour, a schoolmate and longtime friend of Falletta’s. It is the personal telling of the final hours of Christ on Earth. The piece incorporates Christ’s Jewish faith in Hebrew passages, and also includes the seldom-heard voices of Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of God for the first time in a work of this form. The recording features Hila Plitmann, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Fallon, tenor; and baritones Matthew Worth, Kenneth Overton, and James K. Bass.

“The musicians, singers, Richard and I are truly humbled and honored by this award,” commented Falletta. “’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.”

The BPO, under the direction of Falletta, last won a GRAMMY Award in 2008 for “Best Contemporary Composition” for its recording of John Corigliano’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.’ Falletta most recently took home a GRAMMY in 2019 for “Best Classical Compendium” for the recording of ‘Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush,’ which she recorded with the London Symphony.

The BPO and BPC’s recording of Richard Danielpour’s ‘The Passion of Yeshua’ is available for purchase at bpo.org or by calling the Box Office at (716) 885-5000.

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