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White Moon: Songs to Morpheus

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  • Music from Donnacha Dennehy's Nonesuch Album "Grá agus Bás" to Receive US, NY Premieres at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall

    The music of Donnacha Dennehy's 2011 Nonesuch debut album Grá agus Bás, which NPR called "a revelation," will be performed by the artists featured on the album—Crash Ensemble led by conductor Alan Pierson with vocalists Iarla O’Lionáird on the title piece and Dawn Upshaw on the song cycle That the Night Come—at The Kennedy Center this Tuesday and in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Friday. The concerts mark the US and New York premieres of That the Night Come.

  • Dawn Upshaw to Receive 2012 Opera News Award

    Dawn Upshaw has been named one of five honorees to receive the 2012 Opera News Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony in New York City on April 21, 2013, to benefit the education programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Dawn Upshaw represents the highest ideals of pristine musicianship, intellectual curiosity, and artistic integrity," says Opera News. She spoke with CBC Music about the award and more, including her Nonesuch recording of Górecki's Symphony No. 3, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 

About this Album

Dawn Upshaw joins music from four centuries in a collection dedicated to Morpheus, the god of Sleep. From the peaceful realm depicted by Handel and Dowland, to a world of wakefulness and the Moon favored by Schwanter and Crumb, White Moon encompasses both soothing and unsettling aspects of night and sleep.

Upshaw, previously a Grammy Award winner for her Nonesuch recital collections Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and The girl with orange lips, has become well-known for her distinctive programming, both on recording and in performance. White Moon presents a range of musical mood and style, as well as text and instrumentation. The soprano is variously paired with piano; duo guitars; and mixed wind and string ensembles to evoke a spectrum of nocturnal atmospheres.

White Moon is Upshaw’s fifth solo recording on Nonesuch.

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