Dawn Upshaw, soprano
"Is it too corny to speak of the dawn of a new day? Upshaw is, in fact, more here than ever. [Her] performances are the stuff of legend."
--Los Angeles Times
with Crash Ensemble
"The Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group"
--The New York Times
Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, four-time Grammy winner Dawn 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 both the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience and the awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists.
Since its first sold-out concert in Dublin in the autumn of 1997, Crash Ensemble has attracted enthusiastic audiences for its particular blend of music, video, and electronics. The group is interdisciplinary in outlook, and considers its sound engineers, technicians, and video makers as much a part of the enterprise as the musicians. The New York Times calls them "the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group."
The Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy co-founded Crash, and the concert will include Dennehy's song cycle That the Night Come, based on poetry of William Butler Yeats.