Photo: Brooke Irish
Master Class with Dawn Upshaw
"...one of the most consequential performers of our time". Los Angeles Times
Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming, communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw is celebrated worldwide as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Ms. Upshaw's acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles (Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Despina) as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Paris and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera, where she has made nearly 300 appearances, Dawn Upshaw has also championed numerous new works created for her.
Ms. Upshaw, the recipient of five Grammy awards, is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Henryk Gorecki. Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro; Messiaen's St. Francois d'Assise; Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress; John Adam's El Niño; two volumes of Cantelube's "Songs of the Auvergne," a dozen recital recordings, an acclaimed three-disk series of Osvaldo Golijov's music for Deutsche Grammophon, and of course, this year's multiple Grammy Award winning, "Winter Morning Walks".
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. Gilbert was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years and is a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles. He often serves as guest artist at renowned music institutions such as The Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Marlboro Festival, and is renowned for his master class presentations. Mr. Kalish's discography encompasses classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks, and new compositions. Of special note are his solo recordigs of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and the sonatas of Joseph Haydn, as well as an immense discography of vocal music.