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Dawn Upshaw & Gilbert Kalish

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
Dawn Upshaw at Rosch Recital Hall

Gilbert Kalish

Piano Master Class with Gilbert Kalish Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1-3 p.m. Rosch Recital Hall

Student performers:
Robin Morace, George Ryan, Stephen Saviola, Mengyao Yu
(subject to change)

Voice Master Class with Dawn UpshawWednesday, April 10, 2013
4-6 p.m. Rosch Recital Hall

Student performers:
Danielle Beckvermit, Amanda Bottoms, Cody Ray Caho, Makoto Winkler
(subject to change)

Words, Music, Meaning and More: A conversation with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish Thursday, April 11, 2013
4 p.m., King Concert Hall

James A. Davis, Professor of Musicology
Julie Newell, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Voice and Opera
Daniel Ihasz, Professor of Voice
Natalie Gerber, poetry scholar and Associate Professor of English

Karl Boelter, Professor of Composition and Director of the School of Music

Chamber Music Master Class with Dawn Upshaw and
Gilbert Kalish
Friday, April 12, 2013
4-6 p.m., Rosch Recital Hall

Student performers:
Esther Barnum, Mike Champagne, John Chatterton, Brandon Codrington, Josh Corcoran, Alexa DiRaimo, Stephanie Doche, Margeret Flanigan, Casey Gray, Chelsea Hadden, Michael Hawk, Rebecca Kent, Lauren Kinane, Alex Kosmowski, Faith Leone, Aimee Lindner, Colin Mann, Stephen Minor, Nicole Peets, Sarah Rice, George Ryan
(subject to change)

Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish in Recital Saturday, April 13, 2013
8 p.m. Rosch Recital Hall
Tickets: $50 Reserved seating and post-concert reception

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The SUNY Fredonia School of Music is delighted to host a four-day residency with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish. The residency features master classes and workshops for Fredonia School of Music students, an artist interview for the campus and community, and culminates with a one-night only recital performance in the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall.

WNED's Peter Hall recently spoke with Dawn Upshaw. Listen to their extended conversation featuring web exclusive content.

Dawn Upshaw's voice continues to compel us with its flawless technique and crystal-clear diction, and her commitment to the poetry of music and song has yet to be surpassed. Her program includes an engaging collection of cabaret songs of William Bolcom, American songs from Charles Ives, favorites by Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel. Additionally, we are treated with a world premiere by award-winning American composer Sheila Silver, noted as "a creative dynamo. Her music is vital, with a conviction that obliterates fashion and speaks its own language," by The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. 

April 10, 2013—Composer Sheila Silver has been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, a coveted award for advanced professional creative artists and selected by panel of peers. The Guggenheim will support Sheila’s work on her new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on a story by Khaled Hosseini about the hope, power and sacrifice of women in the face of the Taliban.  

The work of Sheila’s that will be premiered at Fredonia is Songs for Diane, set on texts by Shakespeare and St. Vincent Millay. Silver is a colleague of Kalish’s at SUNY Stony Brook. 

Dawn Upshaw has captured the world's imagination from early in her career, from being the winner of the Naumburg Competition and from her stunning work on the CD release of Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, one of the best selling classical recording ever. Her voice continues to compel us with its flawless technique and crystal-clear diction, and her commitment to the poetry of music and song has yet to be surpassed. You will hear her magnificent voice in the equally stunning Rosch Recital Hall, a warm and intimate environment in which she is sure to shine. Ms. Upshaw is joined by her longtime collaborator and "favorite pianist," Gilbert Kalish.

The residency and performance of Dawn Upshaw and  Gilbert Kalish, has been made possible by a generous gift from Stanley and Elizabeth Star through the Fredonia College Foundation.

Deh, vieni non tardar - Le nozze di Figaro, Dawn Upshaw

Artist Bio: Dawn Upshaw

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her both the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience, and the awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year "genius" prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Ms. Upshaw's 2012-13 season features an array of performances in many areas of the repertoire that she has championed. With the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she is an Artistic Partner, Ms. Upshaw reprises jazz composer Maria Schneider's Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories and sings music of Bach, Handel, and Crumb, as well as the world premiere of a new work written for her by Shawn Jaeger. She recreates the role of Simone Weil in La Passion de Simone with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish Radio, appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's Luonnotar, under the baton of Thomas Adès, and sings music of Debussy with the London Symphony, conducted by John Adams. A dedicated recitalist, she appears with pianist Stephen Prutsman at the University of Texas at Austin, and embarks on a tour of Hawaii with longtime collaborator Gilbert Kalish. She also performs with The Knights Chamber Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and with the Crash Ensemble at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall in music written for her by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.


Artist Bio: Gilbert Kalish

Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator, and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings, has established him as a major figure in American music making.

A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, Mr. Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabella Vengerova. He has been the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1969 and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble; a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960's and 70's. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles. His thirty-year partnership with the great mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He maintains long-standing duos with the cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and he appears frequently with soprano Dawn Upshaw.

As educator he is Leading Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1968-1997 he was a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center and served as the "Chairman of the Faculty" at Tanglewood from 1985-1997. He often serves as guest faculty at distinguished music institutions such as the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and is renowned for his master class presentations.

Mr. Kalish's discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th Century masterworks and new compositions. Of special note are his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and Sonatas of Joseph Haydn, an immense discography of vocal music with Jan DeGaetani and landmarks of the 20th Century by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Shapey and Schoenberg. In 1995 he was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time. 

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