January 15, 2023
Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano
7:30 PM at the Sunset Center | Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Selection of consort songs for strings and voice by Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell, and others, culminating in "Dido's Lament," sung by the incomparable Dawn Upshaw and followed by "Dido Reimagined," Melinda Wagner's new monodrama that imagines Dido as a modern woman.
“luxuriously warm sound and yearning lyricism”
— The New York Times (about the Brentano)
“Upshaw’s instrument has the kind of power, clarity, and pure beauty that can transfix a listener.”
— The Pioneer Press (about Ms. Upshaw)
Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello
Dawn Upshaw, soprano (Guest)
About The Ensemble
The Brentano String Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
The Quartet has performed across five continents in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Tokyo’s Suntory Hall; and the Sydney Opera House. Festival appearances include Aspen, the Ojai Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music.
Dedicated and highly sought after as educators, the Quartet are currently Artists-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester, work closely with students in chamber music contexts, and spearhead the instruction at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summers.
The Quartet has been recorded extensively, releasing discs of quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven and a recording of the Schubert Cello Quintet with Michael Kannen.
Awards and honors include the first Cleveland Quartet Award (1995); the Naumburg Chamber Music Award (1995); inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two at the CMS of Lincoln Center (1996); and the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut (at Wigmore Hall in 1997).
Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach the heart of music and text has earned her both the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience, and the awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists.