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Many recent and upcoming Hancher artists scored at the 1998 Grammy Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Many artists who have recently performed in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, or are scheduled for performances in the coming months, were winners in the 1998 Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 25. Those winners were the Emerson String Quartet, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist

Pat Metheny, Cajun band BeauSoleil, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and composers Richard Danielpour and John Adams.

The Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance went to the Emerson String Quartet for its set of Beethoven quartets. The Emerson Quartet will present two Beethoven concerts in Hancher next fall, Sept. 14 and 16.

Bridgewater entertained at Hancher Auditorium last season with her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and also inaugurated Hancher's interactive educational programs over the Iowa Communications Network. Her CD "Dear Ella" won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, and the recording also was honored for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal.

Payton, who shared a Hancher bill this season with the trio of Joshua Redman,

Christian McBride and Brian Blade, received the Grammy for Best Instrumental Solo for his work with trumpeter Doc Cheatam on "Stardust."

Pat Metheny has presented multiple Hancher concerts. His duo with Iowa native

Charlie Haden, "Beyond the Missouri Sky," took the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. Haden's Quartet West, a jazz ensemble inspired by the film and popular music of the '30s and '40s, is scheduled to perform in Hancher Sept. 26.

BeauSoleil has packed Hancher two seasons in a row. The Louisiana band added to its Grammy collection with a 1998 award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Yo-Yo Ma is a long-time Hancher favorite for both his solo concerts and his duos with pianist Emanuel Ax. Already a multiple-Grammy winner, Ma was honored for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra), and for Best Classical Album for "Premieres -- Cello Concertos" with the Philadelphia Orchestra. That recording includes a cello concerto by Danielpour. Hancher has commissioned a piano trio from Danielpour that will be premiered in Hancher during the spring of 2000, as part of the auditorium's Millennium Festival.

Adams, who conducted the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a Hancher program of his and other contemporary compositions, was honored with a Grammy for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition," and the recording of his "Harmonium" also won a Grammy for the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus.