The 2017 Grammys Honor Ravinia Stars

On Sunday evening, the world tuned in for music’s biggest night, with past Ravinia stars highlighting the winners’ list and performing center stage! Congratulations to Chucho Valdés, Dolly Parton, Fantastic Negrito, James Conlon, John Scofield, John Williams, Lalah Hathaway, Ted Nash, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, and Zuill Bailey on their monumental Grammy wins!

During the broadcast, you may also have recognized the faces and voices of multiple past Ravinia favorites taking the stage for performances, including Lady Gaga, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Andra Day, and Kelsea Ballerini. Additionally, Chicago native and Ravinia Jazz Scholars alumnus Nico Segal made his Grammy stage debut alongside Chance the Rapper.

Ravinia artists and their awards:

  • Chucho Valdés – Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Dolly Parton – Best Country Duo/Group Performance
  • Fantastic Negrito – Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • James Conlon – Best Engineered Album, Classical; Best Opera Recording
  • John Scofield – Best Improvised Jazz Solo; Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • John Williams – Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • Lalah Hathaway – Best Traditional R&B Performance; Best R&B Album
  • Ted Nash – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album; Best Instrumental Composition
  • Vince Gill – Best American Roots Song
  • Willie Nelson – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
  • Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble – Best World Music Album
  • Zuill Bailey – Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Congratulations are also due to RSMI alumni who are members of Grammy-winning ensembles for the following recordings:

Bob Reynolds, saxophone (’00)
Snarky Puppy, Culcha Vulcha
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Nicholas Cords, viola (’96, ’98), and Colin Jacobsen, violin (’94, ’95)
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home
Best World Music Album
Lawrence Power, viola (’98)
Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano, Shakespeare Songs
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album