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  • Dawn Upshaw, SF Symphony Open Carnegie Hall Season with All-Bernstein Program

    Dawn Upshaw joins the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas tonight in an all-Bernstein program for Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala. After the program's premiere last week in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle hailed Dawn's performance as "the high point," citing her "fizzy, funny and wonderfully evocative rendition" of the aria "What a Movie" from the opera Trouble in Tahiti. Tonight's performance, also featuring baritone Thomas Hampson, vocalist Christine Ebersole, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, launches Bernstein: The Best of all Possible Worlds, the Hall's joint celebration, with the New York Philharmonic, of the 90th anniversary of the composer's birth.

  • Dawn Upshaw Joins San Francisco Symphony for All-Bernstein Program

    Dawn Upshaw joins the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas tonight for the premiere of an all-Bernstein program that will make its way to Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala next week. On the program tonight at Davies Symphony Hall and continuing there Thursday and Friday nights are Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Scenes from A Quiet Place, Meditation No. 1 from Mass, Danzón from Fancy Free, and songs from West Side Story, On the Town, Songfest, and Trouble in Tahiti, some of which were featured on the 1996 Nonesuch release Leonard Bernstein's New York.

About this Album

Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, and Dawn Upshaw, backed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, are among the artists saluting the maestro with numbers from Broadways classics like On the Town, West Side Story, and Wonderful Town. Entertainment Weekly called it "lovely and sumptuous ... a great romantic's Gotham."

Credits

MUSICIANS
Dawn Upshaw
Mandy Patinkin
Audra McDonald
Judy Blazer
Richard Muenz
Donna Murphy

Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Eric Stern, conductor
Paul Ford, piano
Violin: Mayuki Fukuhara, concertmaster; Krista Bennion Feeney, Eriko Sato, Mitsuru Tsubota, Amy Hiraga-Wyrick, Ellen Payne, Marilyn Reynolds, Robert Shaw, Susan Shumway Mineko Yajima, Christoph Franzgrote, Hanne-Berit Hahnemann, Naomi Katz, Gregor Kitzis, Elizabeth Lim Sara Parkins, Sarah Schwartz, Leonid Yanovsky
Viola: Louise Schulman, Ronald Carbone, Stephanie Fricker, Ronald Lawrence, Ann Roggen, Liuh-Wen Ting
Cello: Daire Fitzgerald, Rosalyn Clarke, Karl Bennion, Stan Orlovsky
Bass: John Feeney, Lewis Paer, Melanie Punter
Flute: Elizabeth Mann, Timothy Malosh, Kathleen Nester
Oboe: Stephen Taylor, Melanie Feld, David Kossoff
Clarinet: William Blount, Gerhardt Koch, Steven Hartman, Mitchell Weiss
Saxophone: Chuck Wilson, alto and clarinet; Lawrence Feldman, alto, clarinet; John Cipolla, tenor; Dale Kleps, tenor; Frank Perowsky, tenor; Scott Robinson, baritone, bass; Jack Stuckey, bass
Bassoon: Dennis Godburn, Thomas Sefcovic, Marc Goldberg
Horn: Joseph Anderer, William Purvis, Stewart Rose, Scott Temple
Trumpet: Chris Gekker, Carl Albach, James Donato, Susan Radcliff, David Krauss
Trombone: Michael Powell Kenneth Finn, John Rojak, Joseph Alessi, Jeffrey Caswell, James Pugh, Larry Farrell
Tuba: Marcus Rojas
Timpani/Percussion: Maya Gunji
Percussion: Barry Centanni
Drum Set/Percussion: David Ratajczak, John Redsecker, James Saporito
Harp: Deborah Hoffman, Sara Cutler
Piano: Joseph Thalken
Guitar: Scott Kuney

Tracks 1, 2, 6, 12, 15, 18, 19 from On the Town (1944); tracks 3, 4, 7- 9, 13 from Wonderful Town (1953) Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Track 5 from Fancy Free (1944), track 10 from On the Waterfront (1954) by Leonard Bernstein
Tracks 11, 14, 16, 17 from West Side Story (1957) by Leonard Bernstein / Stephen Sondheim

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tommy Krasker
Engineered by John McClure
Recorded November 1995, at the Hit Factory, New York City
Assistant Engineers: Andy Grassi, Glen Marchese
Audio Assistant: Susan Presson
Edited by Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions, New York City
Mixed at Manhattan Center Studios, New York City
Assistant Engineer: Roy Clark
Mastered by Ric Wilson, Digisonics, Tarzana, CA

Design by Carbone Smolan Associates
Cover photograph by Tony Vaccaro

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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