Spring Fever: Dawn Upshaw, Soprano and Muse

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This evening, Friday May 13 from 5 to 8 pm, Q2 continues work in tandem with WQXR's Spring for Music broadcast of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance with soprano, Dawn Upshaw. In addition to her role as a pedagogue and her career longevity as a singer, we draw inspiration from Upshaw's reputation for forging longstanding relationships with composers who have used her unique voice as their muse.

Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov have worked closely together, particularly in his opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre. Not only does Q2 bring you Upshaw's performance of the opera with the Atlanta Symphony but we also feature insights from the composer himself.

To add to her list of honors and accomplishments, Dawn Upshaw is dedicated to passing on her years of experience to up-and-coming singers and composers. As such, she teams up with composer Donnacha Dennehy to lead a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop which focuses attention on aspiring composers and singers as they prepare for world-premiere performances of new vocal works. In honor of this partnership, Q2 presents Dennehy's That The Night Come, a song cycle composed for Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble of which Dennehy is the artistic director.

Finally, to highlight Upshaw in her most well-known role as a performer, we offer Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, unique for its inclusion of a lone soprano soloist who sings Polish text on themes of motherhood and separation through war. We can think of no one better than MacArthur and Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, Dawn Upshaw to communicate this intimate and heart-wrenching role.


Osvaldo Golijov: Aindamar
Robert Spano, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano
Women of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Donnacha Dennehy: That The Night Come
Alan Pierson, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Crash Ensemble

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
David Zinman, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
London Sinfonietta