Chamber Music Albuquerque Upcoming Concert Presentations
80th Anniversary Year
The concert video of J.S. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos
as performed by the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center, posted on January 1, has finished its run
and has been taken down.
We will post another concert video on February 1, which will be available for viewing free of charge through February 7.
The program notes for the Brandenburg Concertos program will remain up for another week. You can access them
on our Events and Features page
Our Next Live Concert
Chamber Music Albuquerque continues its 80th season
of live concert presentations with a performance by
world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw
and the Brentano String Quartet on April 24 at 3pm
at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for this concert will go on sale in February.
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when these tickets go on sale.
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Brook Irish Photo
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
The Dido Project
This program features a first half of early English songs
and consort music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, culminating in the devastatingly beautiful aria "Dido's Lament"
from Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas.
The second half then imagines Dido into our modern age
in a newly commissioned monodrama for soprano and quartet
by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Melinda Wagner.
Tickets for this concert will be released for sale in February.
To protect the health and safety of our patrons
and to enable social distancing,
ticket sales for this concert will be strictly limited.
All online tickets will be $35 by general admission only.
Student tickets will be $10 at the door.
CMA will require proof
of full vaccination and booster against COVID-19,
or proof of a negative result of a COVID-19 test
performed within three days of the concert,
for admission to this concert.
Masks required regardless of vaccination status.
Additional 2021-2022 Concerts
June Music Festival
80th Anniversary of the first June Music Festival
held in June 1942
American String Quartet with
Nancy Allen, principal harp of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
June 5, 2022 at 4pm
First Presbyterian Church
215 Locust SE, Albuquerque
Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio
June 12, 2022 at 4pm
Simms Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets on sale in April 2022
About Dawn Upshaw
Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to
the transforming communicative power of music,
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 to 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.
In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation,
the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize,
and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage
comprise the great Mozart roles (Susanna, Ilia, Pamina, Despina,
and Zerlina) as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc,
and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Paris and Glyndebourne to
the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1984
and has since made nearly 300 appearances,
Dawn Upshaw has also championed numerous new works
created for her including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison;
the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera, L’Amour de Loin
and oratorio La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho;
John Adams’s Nativity oratorio El Niño; and Osvaldo Golijov’s
chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre.
It says much about Dawn Upshaw’s sensibilities
as an artist and colleague that she is a favored partner
of many leading musicians, including Gilbert Kalish,
the Kronos Quartet, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In her work as a recitalist, and particularly in her work
with composers, Dawn Upshaw has become a generative force
in concert music, having premiered more than 25 works
in the past decade. From Carnegie Hall to large and small venues
throughout the world she regularly presents specially
designed programs composed of lieder, contemporary
works in many languages, and folk and popular music.
She furthers this work in master classes and workshops
with young singers at major music festivals, conservatories,
and liberal arts colleges. She is the Head of the Vocal Arts Program
at the Tanglewood Music Center and was the founding
Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program
at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw is featured
on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling
Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki for Nonesuch Records.
Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings of
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Messiaen’s St. Francois d’Assise; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; John Adams’s El Niño;
two volumes of Canteloube’s “Songs of the Auvergne,”
a dozen recital recordings, and an acclaimed three-disc series
of Osvaldo Golijov’s music for Deutsche Grammophon.
She received the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy
for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare Label.
Dawn Upshaw holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale,
the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School,
Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
She began her career as a 1984 winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions and the 1985 Walter W. Naumburg Competition,
and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera
Young Artists Development Program.
Ms. Upshaw has recorded extensively for the Nonesuch label.
She may also be heard on Angel/EMI, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon,
London, Sony Classical, Telarc, and on Erato and Teldec
in the Warner Classics Family of labels.