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CSO Boasts 62 Grammys Over The Years

A detail of the Latin Grammy Awards in the press room at the 6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on November 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A detail of the Latin Grammy Awards in the press room at the 6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on November 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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(CBS) — When you think of Grammys, singers like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston might come to mind.

But as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, one Chicago institution has won more than five dozen.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is known for its performances, but in the music world, it’s also known for its Grammy wins.

Over the past five decades, recordings by the CSO have garnered 62 Grammys.

A handful are stored in the Rosenthal Archives. According to CSO Archivist Frank Villella, the first was won in 1960.

“It was for the orchestra’s recording of ‘Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste’ conducted by our then-music director Fritz Reiner,” Villella says.

Dozens more Grammys followed.

“The latest Grammys would be for our recording of Verdi’s Requiem,” explains Villella, referring to the two Grammys won in 2010. “These were our Music Director’s Ricardo Muti’s first Grammy awards.”

With so many Grammys connected to the CSO, Villella says it’s hard to pick his favorite.

“A couple would come to mind. This recording featuring the orchestra and the chorus Bartok’s ‘The Wooden Prince and Cantata Profana.’ This recording actually won four Grammy awards.”

While it may be difficult to pick a favorite recording or Grammy, Villella says when it comes to conductors the late Sir Georg Solti has no competition.

“He won 31 Grammys, which is more than anyone else. The two people that come right after him are Quincy Jones and Alison Krauss, who each have 27 Grammys.”

“It makes us all here feel tremendously proud,” Villella says.

If you’re interested in taking a tour of the Rosenthal Archives call the CSO at (312) 294-3000.