Dawn Upshaw, Elgar & Grieg - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Dawn Upshaw, Elgar & Grieg

7 - 24 February 2014


JOHN ADAMS Selections from John's Book of Alleged Dances
GRIEG Holberg Suite
GRIEG Solveig's Song
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA Die Liebenden: Liebes Lied
ELGAR Introduction and Allegro


Helena Rathbone Lead Violin
Dawn Upshaw Soprano
Scott Robinson Alto & Bass Clarinet
Jay Anderson Double Bass
Frank Kimbrough Piano

Following a hugely successful US tour and a four-time Grammy Award-winning recording, we bring you the Australian premiere of Winter Morning Walks, featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Commissioned specially for the ACO and Dawn Upshaw and featuring a trio of brilliantly versatile US jazz musicians, this touching new piece by fellow Grammy Award-winner Maria Schneider has been called “music to fall in love with the first time – then immediately want to hear again.” (NPR)

We match this Australian first with a flourish of Romantic string orchestra works – Elgar’s exhilarating Introduction and Allegro and Grieg’s enduringly popular Holberg Suite, which we intersperse with songs by Grieg and Rautavaara.


The Perth concert of Upshaw, Elgar & Grieg is presented in association with Perth International Arts Festival.

Daily Review

"No gimmicks. No tricks. No controversies. Just a program  of superlative music, played and sung by superlative musicians. " 5 Stars

Limelight Magazine

"Under Rathbone's taut direction the orchestra hit every mood instantly, producing a bracingly big sound when necessary... This terrific concert was much more than a star vehicle. Everybody shone."


"Her readings of both songs communicated the sentiments well, and she soared easily over the glowing sound from the muted strings in Solveig’s number."

Los Angeles Times

"The exquisite purity of [Dawn Upshaw's] voice cries out for heavenly song."

News Local

"The Holberg is part of the ACO’s standard repertoire and they have recorded it before. But this is a refreshing revisiting of a well-loved favourite which was inspired partly by Baroque dances and partly by Norwegian folk traditions."

Sydney Morning Herald

"(Grieg's Holberg Suite) gets a full, lush, romantic rendering in this attractive version by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, at once passionate yet delicate, committed yet sensitive."

The Washington Times

"[Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks] is poignant, touching, sometimes humorous.”

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Limelight Magazine

"[In Schneider's Winter Morning Walks], Upshaw's silver voice and clear diction are as crisp and precise as the sunlit frosty days she describes."


"[Winter Morning Walks] is lyrical, flowing, intimately expressive, with all the elements of words, music, voice and instruments in a seamless blend, this is music to fall in love with the first time – then immediately want to hear again.”

Los Angeles Times

"One of the most consequential performers of our time."

Audience Feedback

"The glorious concert I attended tonight in Perth will remain in my mind forever... The ensemble's artistry is mind-blowing. I didn't want the performance to end. "
"For any of you who haven't seen Dawn Upshaw sing, or sing Winter Morning Walks, use the opportunity before this tour ends to see a work of art that reminded me that there is immense beauty in cruel world."
"Last night's performance at Angel Place (Sydney) was wonderful. Kooser's poetry, Schneider's music, Upshaw's singing and a luscious Introduction and Allegro from the ACO to end it. Superb."
"[A] terrific start to the season, thank you." "Fantastic concert this afternoon. Just joy in the making of music and Ms Upshaw was sublime. If you haven't got your tickets to this concert book now. Thanks ACO."
"It has been years since a piece of music moved me the way Winter Morning Walks did. Terrific concert tonight, really terrific."
"Wonderful concert ... see it if you can!"




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