Snapshots Of America Dawn Upshaw, Soprano Gilbert Kalish, Piano; So Percussion And Special Guests

Copland: Appalachian Spring
Ives: Selected songs including Songs My Mother Taught Me and The Housatonic at Stockbridge
George Crumb: The Winds of Destiny (American Songbook IV)

Join Da Camera for a festive all-star opening night featuring legendary soprano and five-time Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw, noted pianist Gilbert Kalish, the celebrated So Percussion and a stellar Da Camera Ensemble made up of leading Houston musicians and Da Camera Young Artists. Snapshots: Time and Place takes off with a compelling look at the American landscape as experienced through music.​

Aaron Copland’s landmark composition, Appalachian Spring​, is a lyrical depiction of pioneer life that also expresses the bold American spirit of the 1940’s. Composed for a ballet choreographed by Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring​ instantly became a classic, defining a new American identity in music and dance.

Charles Ives, Copland’s great predecessor in American composition, drew on memories of his New England childhood to create his moving songs.

George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny looks back at the Civil War era. Crumb recasts nine songs and spirituals, including Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Shenandoah, as intensely dramatic monologues for soprano, percussion quartet and amplified piano. A rare opportunity to hear Dawn Upshaw and her superb collaborators bring this powerfully evocative work to life.

“An astonishing performance from Upshaw…Her selfless, soul-baring performance was a career landmark.”

 

— Financial Times