Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • Soprano Dawn Upshaw smiles and rests her left hand on her neck.
  • Pianist Gilbert Kalish smiles for the photographer.
  • Each of the four members of So Percussion hold with both hands a crank-style noisemaker up to their right ear.

Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sō Percussion

7:30 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dawn Upshaw, a five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, and Gilbert Kalish, a celebrated pianist and her frequent collaborator, join forces with Sō Percussion, a quartet at the forefront of American musical culture.

The program features a new work, written for these artists and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts, by composer Caroline Shaw, who performed with Roomful of Teeth last season at Schwab Auditorium. The program also includes George Crumb’s song cycle The Winds of Destiny, which recasts nine songs and spirituals from the Civil War era as dramatic monologues. Both Shaw and Crumb are Pulitzer Prize winners.

Upshaw enjoys international celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of J. S. Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has gained her the devotion of a diverse audience. Upshaw’s most recent Grammy, in 2014, was for Best Classical Vocal Solo for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks.

Kalish, pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for three decades, has a discography of more than 100 recordings embracing both classical and contemporary repertoire. A distinguished professor at the State University of New York Stony Brook, Kalish has been an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006.

Sō Percussion is a flexible, omnivorous entity. A writer for The New Yorker describes the music of Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting as an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” The quartet’s adventurous spirit was passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, plus pioneering ensembles such as Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. The ensemble’s career includes more than twenty albums, tours throughout America and the world, an array of collaborative projects, several educational programs, and a steady output of original works.

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance.

Adult $44
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $34

Chick King and Betty Scott

support provided by
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment

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