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Boston Globe: Dawn Upshaw's Gift, Allow Listeners to Enjoy Music "As a Thing of Open, Approachable Beauty"

Dawn Upshaw by Michael Wilson

Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish, a longtime collaborator of hers, performed at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston on Sunday afternoon, in a recital that the Boston Globe describes as a "memorable" one, featuring works by Ives, Debussy, Messiaen, Golijov, and Bolcom, as well as the Boston premiere of Michael Ward-Bergeman's Treny (Laments).

"She is, indisputably, a great singer, with a voice that radiates power and unforced warmth," writes Globe correspondent David Weininger in his review. "But her secret weapon is a casual, unpretentious demeanor that lessens the distance between stage and audience. Listeners in her presence experience music not as the inaccessible product of a holy art but as a thing of open, approachable beauty. It's also what allows Upshaw to inhabit the character of her songs so effectively ..."

Read the full concert review at

For information on upcoming performances by Dawn Upshaw, including one later this month with label mate Christina Courtin, click here. For Gilbert Kalish tour dates, click here.

On May 19, Nonesuch will reissue as MP3 albums five recordings of the Haydn piano sonatas Kalish made for the label between 1975 and 1980. The release of these digital albums, available exclusively through the Nonesuch Store, commemorates the 200th death of the composer. For more information, click here.


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