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CLASSICAL  March 2007

CLASSICAL March 2007

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Benefit Recital with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish

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"Emily M. Darrow" <[log in to unmask]>

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ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.  - The Bard College Conservatory of Music
presents a song recital with celebrated soprano *Dawn Upshaw*, artistic
director of the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Conservatory, and
prominent pianist *Gilbert Kalish*, at Bard's Fisher Center on *Friday,
April 27*.  Tickets are *$40, $65, and $80* ($15, $20, and $25 of each
ticket is tax deductible).  The program begins at *7:00 p.m.* in the
*Sosnoff Theater*.

Upshaw and Kalish perform a selection of works by Alban Berg, William
Bolcom, Stephen Foster, Robert Schumann, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Hugo
Wolf.  This program benefits the scholarship fund of *The Bard College
Conservatory of Music*, an innovative double-degree program that is
guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in
the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential.**

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
form 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 the most distinguished of artists.  Her 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 began her career in 1984 and has since made nearly 300
appearances), Upshaw has also championed new works created for her,
including /The Great Gatsby/ by John Harbison; the Grawemeyer Award-winning
opera /L'Amour de Loin/ by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams's nativity oratorio
/El Nino/; and Osvaldo Golijov's chamber opera /Ainadamar/ and song cycle
/Ayre/, both newly recorded on Deutsche Grammophon.

Upshaw reprised her celebrated Santa Fe Opera portrayal of Margarita
Xirgu in /Ainadamar/ at the Ojai and Ravinia festivals, followed by
performances of Lukas Foss's /Time Cycle/ with the San Francisco Symphony
and Henri Dutilleux's /Correspondances/ with the Philadelphia Orchestra
that began the 2006-07 concert year.  Other season highlights include a
European tour of Golijov's /Ayre/; a U.S. recital tour with pianist
Gilbert Kalish; and orchestral performances with David Robertson and the
St. Louis Symphony at Carnegie Hall and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los
Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall.  Upshaw is an artistic partner of
the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is performing and curating
an innovative vocal series beginning this fall.

Upshaw's sensibilities as an artist and colleague make her a favored
partner of many leading musicians, including Richard Goode, the Kronos
Quartet, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, and Salonen.  In her work as
a recitalist, and particularly in her work with composers, Upshaw has
become a generative force in concert music, having premiered more than
25 works in the past decade.  From Carnegie Hall to large and small
venues throughout the world, she regularly presents specially designed
programs composed of lieder, unusual contemporary works in many languages,
and folk and popular music.  She furthers this work in master classes
and workshops with young singers at major music festivals, conservatories,
and liberal arts colleges.  She is a member of the faculty at the
Tanglewood Music Center.

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Upshaw is featured on more than 50
recordings, including the million-selling /Symphony No. 3 by Henryk
Gorecki/.  Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings
of Mozart's /Le Nozze di Figaro/; Messiaen's /St. Francoise d'Assise/;
Stravinsky's /The Rake's Progress/; Adams's /El Nino/; two volumes of
Canteloube's /Songs of the Auvergne/, and a dozen recital recordings.
Upshaw has also recorded several beloved Nonesuch CDs of musical theater
repertoire, which she has sung with the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland
and Philadelphia orchestras, as well as at London's Proms Festival and
on radio and television.  She was the subject of a one-hour profile on
Bravo, /Intimate Collaborations/, and has been featured on numerous PBS
and NPR programs.

Upshaw holds honorary doctoral degrees from Yale University, the
Manhattan School of Music, Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan
University.  She began her career as a winner of the Young Concert
Artists Auditions and the Walter W.  Naumburg Competition, and was
a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program.

Pianist *Gilbert Kalish* is a profoundly influential figure in American
music.  A solo artist who has released over 100 recordings, he is likewise
noted for his roles in chamber music ensembles and for his collaborations
as accompanist with soprano Dawn Upshaw, cellist Joel Krosnick, and mezzo
soprano Jan de Gaetani.  Kalish has been nominated for three Grammy
awards and has received a host of other awards, including the Paul Fromm
Award, bestowed by the University of Chicago in recognition of his
advocacy of the music of our time.  He was the pianist of the Boston
Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years and a founding member of the
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.  From 1969 to 1997, he was a faculty
member of the Tanglewood Music Center and was chairman of the faculty
at Tanglewood from 1985 to 1997.  Kalish is a distinguished professor
and head of performance activities at the State University of New York
at Stony Brook.

For reservations and to purchase tickets, call *845-758-7900* or visit
*fishercenter.bard.edu <http://fishercenter.bard.edu>*.  [For benefit
tickets to the buffet supper with the artists that follows the recital,
please call Conservatory's development office at 845-758-7866.]

About the Bard College Conservatory of Music *

Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard
College has launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which
welcomed its first class in August 2005.  This innovative, double-degree
program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly
educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest
potential.  While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree
with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the
art facilities, such as the new Frank Gehry-designed Richard B.  Fisher
Center for the Performing Arts, Conservatory students also pursue a
bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation's leading liberal
arts colleges.

Conservatory faculty include violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian,
Soovin Kim, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists
Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and
Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy
Denk, Peter Serkin, and piano master classes with Richard Goode; oboists
Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutists Tara Helen O'Connor and
Nadine Asin; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc
Goldberg; horn players Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John
Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer.  The Conservatory
Composition Program is directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis.  The
Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence.  Members
and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are also available for
instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals of the
Conservatory Orchestra.  In addition, the resources and faculty of the
Bard College Music Program are available to students of the Conservatory.

The Conservatory also includes the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts,
directed by Dawn Upshaw, and The Conductors Institute and its graduate
program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman.

For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call
845-758-7196, e-mail [log in to unmask], or log onto the program's
website, http://www.bard.edu/conservatory.

"Emily M. Darrow" <[log in to unmask]>

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