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West Seneca graduate claims opera Grammy

Michael Christie, a 1992 graduate of West Seneca East High School, won the Best Opera Recording Grammy at this year’s awards ceremony for his work on “Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” by composer Mason Bates.

As conductor, Christie shares the Grammy with performers Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson and Wei Wu and producer Elizabeth Ostrow.

Since leaving Buffalo and earning a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Christie has pursued a wildly diverse and successful career that has found him acting as associate conductor with both the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Zurich Opera, and musical director with the Colorado Music Festival, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and, most recently, the Minnesota Opera.

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