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Classical Notes: March 18, 2008 Archive

Down to Earth Genius

Posted at 12:21 PM on March 18, 2008 by Gillian Martin

A nice profile of soprano (and MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient) Dawn Upshaw was in the English newspaper The Guardian on Sunday, talking about her involvement in the creation of new music:

Her grateful colleagues often call her a muse, though this pedestalled status makes her giggle. 'No, it's not, "Come, let me inspire you,"' she said, with a parody of a dizzy diva's self-importance. 'It's more like, "Hey, I really connect with your music and if you like the way I sing it, then let's do business!"'

See the whole piece here.

I was disappointed that in this discussion of Upshaw as a co-creator, they never mentioned her status as Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra....
She'll be doing two sets of concerts with them in April--see our Events Calendar for more info.