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San Francisco Performances Presents
Brentano String Quartet and Dawn Upshaw

Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello
Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—November 11—San Francisco Performances (SFP) is pleased to present the peerless Brentano String Quartet in collaboration with five-time Grammy Award winner, soprano Dawn Upshaw on Wednesday, December 4, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. San Francisco Performances presents the Bren-tano String Quartet for the sixth time. The Quartet made its SF Performances debut in March 2008. Dawn Upshaw returns for her ninth appearance since her recital debut in May 1990.

“Presenting the esteemed Brentano String Quartet with the great Dawn Upshaw is a special treat for us, especially with a program juxtaposing musical styles from vastly ranging time periods of music, “ comments SFP President Melanie Smith. “The Schoenberg and Respighi works are not frequently heard, and this program, performed by these five artists, demonstrates what SFP is all about—giving great artists the opportunity and freedom to perform deeply thoughtful and personally meaningful concerts.”

Since 2014, the Brentano String Quartet has served as Artists-in-Residence at Yale University. Formerly, the Quartet served as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and were Artists-in-Residence at Princeton University for many years.

The Quartet has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997 and was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut.

In addition to their interest in performing very old music, the Brentano Quartet frequently collaborates with contemporary composers. Recent commissions include a piano quintet by Vijay Iyer, a work by Eric Moe (with Christine Brandes, soprano), and a viola quintet by Felipe Lara (performed with violist Hsin-Yun Huang). In 2012, the Quartet provided the central music (Beethoven Opus 131) for the critically acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet.

The Quartet has worked closely with other important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. The Quartet has also been privileged to collaborate with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman and pianists Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss, and Mitsuko Uchida.

The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

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. 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 as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen—from Salzburg, Paris and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera, where she has since made nearly 300 appearances.

In her work as a recitalist, and particularly in her work with composers, Dawn Upshaw has become a generative force in concert music. 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 and 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 most recent Grammy was the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare Label.

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.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
MOZART: Quartet in A Major, K464
RESPIGHI: Il tramonto (The Sunset), for voice & string quartet, P. 101
SCHOENBERG: Quartet No. 2 for soprano and string quartet in F-sharp minor, Op.10

Watch a Brentano String Quartet video: https://youtu.be/amOFaM_q_8g

Watch a Dawn Upshaw video: https://youtu.be/_nz31cwASOo

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at sfperformances.org or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets and 20% off senior rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS
Brentano String Quartet and Soprano Dawn Upshaw

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Pieces by MOZART, RESPIGHI and SCHOENBERG
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

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