Dawn Upshaw and Eighth Blackbird Tour Golijov's Ayre

Classic Arts News   Dawn Upshaw and Eighth Blackbird Tour Golijov's Ayre
Soprano Dawn Upshaw and the chamber music group eighth blackbird open a seven-city tour tonight at the La Jolla Music Society in Southern California. The performances feature Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre, an 11-song cycle written for Upshaw and premiered at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall last year.

Following tonight's performance, Upshaw and eighth blackbird, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, travel to Los Angeles, Stanford, and Davis, California; Iowa City, Iowa; South Bend, Indiana; and Cleveland. A complete schedule for the tour is below.

Based on 15th-century Spanish folk songs, Ayre makes use of texts and musical styles from the Christian, Jewish, and Arab traditions. It is written for strings, harp, accordion, guitar, and horn.

"The idea is to create a 'forest' and for Dawn to walk in it," Golijov writes. "There is no real sense of form, in the sense of Beethovenian development, but rather lots of detours and discoveries."

The program also includes Derek Bermel's Tied Shifts and songs by Argentine composer, producer, and performer Gustavo Santaolalla, who accompanies Upshaw on an Andean string instrument, the ronroco.

October 20: La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA
October 21: Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
October 23: Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford, CA
October 25: Mondavi Center, UC Davis, CA
October 27: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
October 29: Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
October 30: Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH

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