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Dawn Upshaw.
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First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program
Dawn Upshaw, internationally renowned soprano and Bard Vocal Arts Program Artistic Director, performs a recital with pianist and Bard faculty Kayo Iwama, the singers of the program, and the Bard Collaborative Piano Fellows. The concert will feature the world premiere of a work by George Tsontakis, written for Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama, as well as new works composed by current students and recent alumni of Bard College and Conservatory. With sopranos Angela Carducci, Elizabeth Cohen, Kameryn Lueng, Marie Marquis, Devony Smith, Jacquelyn Stucker, Xiaobo Su and Dawn Upshaw; mezzo-sopranos Kimberly Feltkamp, Sara Lemesh and Abigail Levis; tenors Vincent Festa, Hyunhak Kim and Barrett Radziun; baritone Logan Walsh; and pianists Erika Allen, Milena Gligic, Christina Giuca, Kayo Iwama, Szilvia Miko and Chorong Park.

Tamzin Elliott, Sveitaar, sveimen var Kvieoinen: "Koorwei, Koorwei" (text by composer) Premiere
I. Sooreid Jau (Beautiful Fish), II. Aait Tulamineija (As Punishment), III. (Song of Wedding)
Antonin Fajt, Drift in Wind (Dag Hammarskjöld) Premiere
Casey Hale, True Lover's Knot, based on the folk song "Barbry Ellen" Premiere
Daniela De Matos, Encounter (text by the composer) Premiere
Andrés Martínez de Velasco, Una Línea Premiere, To Hold (text by Li-Young Lee), You (text by Loretta I. López)
Juliana Hall, Sonnet, from Night Dances (text by Elizabeth Browning)
John Harbison, Your Name, Wild Irises, and Odor from Simple Daylight (text by Michael Fried)
Laura Schwendinger, in Just- (text by e. e. cummings)
George Tsontakis, Love's Philosophy (text by Percy Shelley) Premiere
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

This concert coincides with COMPOSERS NOW, a festival that celebrates the diversity and presence of living composers in our society. For more information and a detailed schedule of events and partnering institutions, visit

Tickets: $35; $25 for Members
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Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.