THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.
|IGOR STRAVINSKY||Concerto in D for String Orchestra|
|MARIA SCHNEIDER||Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra Dawn Upshaw, Soprano
Maria Schneider, Conductor
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Commission (New York premiere)
|BELA BARTOK||Five Hungarian Folk Songs for Soprano and String Orchestra, arranged by Richard Tognetti Dawn Upshaw, Soprano|
|FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN||Symphony No. 104 in D, London|
About The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with five artistic partners – Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Dawn Upshaw, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair – the 34 virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year. They are regularly heard on public radio s Performance Today, which reaches 1.1 million listeners each week on 242 stations, and SymphonyCast, which has a weekly audience of 340,000 listeners on 124 stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 122 new works, performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions and earned 15 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America. Launched in 1994, the SPCO s award-winning CONNECT education program serves more than 5,500 students annually in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public schools. For more information, visit thespco.org.
About Maria Schneider
Composer-conductor Maria Schneider became widely known through the ensemble she founded in 1992 in New York City. The Maria Schneider Orchestra appeared at Visiones in Greenwich Village every Monday night for five years and has gone on to perform worldwide at festivals and in concert halls. Recordings by Schneider and her orchestra have earned many honors, including two Grammy Awards and nine Grammy nominations, as well as many DOWNBEAT Critics and Readers Poll wins, Jazz Journalist Association Awards, France’s Choc Award, and a listing in Time magazine’s top 10 recordings of the year in 2000.
Schneider, a Minnesota native, has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invitations, and has worked with more than 80 groups in Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. Among the groups who have commissioned her are The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with soprano Dawn Upshaw, the American Dance Festival, the New Crowned Hope Festival – a Mozart Festival in Vienna produced by Peter Sellars – the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kronos Quartet.
About Dawn Upshaw
Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, American soprano Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide renown in repertoire that ranges from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise great Mozart roles – Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Despina – as well as modern ones such as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and The Angel in Messiaen’s Saint Francois d’Assise. From Salzburg, Paris and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career and has made nearly 300 appearances, Dawn Upshaw has also championed music that was created for her, including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison; L’Amour de Loin and La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams’s nativity oratorio El Nino; Osvaldo Goljjov’s chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre, and more than two dozen other solo, chamber and orchestral works.
In 2007, Upshaw was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” grant. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she has been featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki. One of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s five artistic partners, Upshaw is also Artistic Director of the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program.
About Saint Paul, Minnestota
Saint Paul, the head of navigation of the great Mississippi River, is a city of neighborhoods, collectively a string of urban villages, strong and stable, each with its own fascinating texture of historic interest, cultural landmarks, ethnic heritage and traditions. The city’s commitment to preserving and encouraging this sense of the urban village is exemplified by the continuing development of downtown. Now one of Saint Paul’s most desirable neighborhoods, the city’s core is thriving as a place to work, live, learn and spend leisure time. The newly reclaimed riverfront now pulses with the energy of concerts and commerce.
Saint Paul is a thriving commercial center, home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, large regional enterprises and countless small businesses and professional firms. The city is playing an increasingly vital role powering and piloting the fortunes of the dynamic Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metro region, including large-scale, visionary developments like the Central Corridor light rail, which serves a vast area in a way that will integrate, rather than alienate, neighborhood interests.
Just as Saint Paul is the seat of government for Minnesota, so is it the state’s historical and cultural heart. This is not just a source of great pride for those who live here, but it also gives Saint Paul the unique stature of belonging to every Minnesotan.