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Dawn Upshaw residency and performance slated for April with pianist Gilbert Kalish

Dawn Upshaw
Dawn Upshaw
Tickets for the April 13 performance are available at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office by phone at (716) 673-3501, online at, and in person at the Williams Center Ticket Office. 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.


The SUNY Fredonia School of Music is delighted to announce an artist residency with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish in April. The four-day residency will include workshops and master classes with students and a public talk in King Concert Hall, culminating with a one-night only performance in Rosch Recital Hall on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. The residency and performance are made possible thanks to a generous gift from Stanley and Elizabeth Star.

“Dawn Upshaw has captured the world's imagination from early in her career,” commented School of Music Director Karl Boelter. “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 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 the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded its “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Upshaw’s 2012-13 season includes appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio, Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony; as a recitalist at the University of Texas at Austin and in Hawaii; and performances with The Knights Chamber Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and as a member of the Crash Ensemble at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with music written for her by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.

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. His 30-year partnership with the great mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He is also renowned for his master class presentations. As an 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.
For more information on residency activities, visit or call Jennifer Darrell-Sterbak at (716) 673-3686.

posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:16 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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