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Raising her voice

Dawn Upshaw to offer concert and a master class

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dawn Upshaw will visit campus for a concert and a master class sponsored by the Mary Bloor Loser '42 Concert Series and the Department of Music.

The concert will take place on Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Cole Memorial Chapel; the master class will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Woolley Room of Mary Lyon Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public, however, complimentary tickets are required for the concert.

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, and the awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year "genius" prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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. She also has championed numerous new works created for her including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison; the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera, L’Amour de Loin and oratorio La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams’s Nativity oratorio El Niño; and Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre.

Over the years, Upshaw has performed with many leading musicians, including Richard Goode, the Kronos Quartet, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She also has become a generative force in concert music, having premiered more than 25 works in the past decade. She furthers this work in master classes and workshops with young singers at major music festivals, conservatories, and liberal arts colleges. She is Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a faculty member of 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.

Upshaw began her career as a 1984 winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions and the 1985 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program. Ms. Upshaw has recorded extensively for the Nonesuch label. She may also be heard on Angel/EMI, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, London, Sony Classical, Telarc, and on Erato and Teldec in the Warner Classics Family of labels.