Polish Dawn

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lagerphones to the ready! - October brings some of the most exciting performances of my career to date, kicking off in Minnesota with two performances of Piosenki by Dawn Upshaw and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dawn is one of five artistic partners the orchestra has, and here she has put together a great program featuring folk-inspired music from around the world. The exciting young singer Evan Hughes takes the baritone role, and indeed doubles on lagerphone.

Dawn is of course, no stranger to the charms and difficulties of the Polish language, having sung on the million-selling recording of Gorecki's Third Symphony, and also being the dedicatee of Lutoslawski's charming Chantefleurs et Chantefables (*). It's a great honour for me to have her singing my music, especially in what- as you can see below- looks to be pretty spectacular venue (the Ordway Center,MN):

>> Details of the concerts here

(*) Update There are two major errors with the crossed-out statement. 1) As can easily be inferred from its title, Lutoslawski's Chantefleurs et Chantefables is not actually in Polish. 2) Dawn tells me she wasn't the dedicatee of the piece. Oops.



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