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.
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.
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.
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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.