SUNY Fredonia News and Campus Report"

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

Dawn Upshaw will perform concert during residency on campus in April
Friday, March 01, 2013

During her four-day residence
at the Fredonia School of
Music, renowned soprano
Dawn Upshaw will perform one
night only in the intimate Rosch
Recital Hall on April 13. Photo by
Dario Acosta.

More information and link to tickets

The SUNY Fredonia School of Music announced an artist residency with renowned soprano, Dawn Upshaw, and pianist, Gilbert Kalish, in April 2013. The four-day residency includes workshops and master classes with students and a public talk in King Concert Hall, and culminates with a one-night only performance in Rosch Recital Hall on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50, including reserved seating and a post-concert reception with the artists. Seating in Rosch Recital Hall is limited to 400 seats, so early purchase is encouraged for optimum seating and before this event sells out.

Starting Dec. 6, tickets will be available at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office by phone at (716) (716) 673-3501, online at, and in person at the Williams Center Ticket Office. The residency and performance are made possible thanks to a generous gift from Stanley and Elizabeth Star through the Fredonia College Foundation.

“Dawn Upshaw has captured the world's imagination from early in her career,” commented Karl Boelter, director of the School of Music, “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 this 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.

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Ms. 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 Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 1960s and '70s. 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 Ms. 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.

Share on Facebook

Previous Page | Next Page

State University of New York at Fredonia