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Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Bard College Conservatory of Music is hosting a Meet the Artists evening Thursday, November 9, with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw and acclaimed composer Osvaldo Golijov. The event is part of the Conservatory’s collaboration with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall’s longstanding, innovative musical program, the Professional Training Workshop for Composers and Singers. The workshop is dedicated to creating new works for voice and chamber ensemble by training a new generation of composers and singers who will create and perform these works. The event will be moderated by Ara Guzelimian, Carnegie Hall’s artistic adviser and will explore the creative process of composition and performance and will include a question-and-answer session. It is free and open to the public and takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard B. Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. Hosted on the Bard Campus, the workshop will be directed by Upshaw and Golijov and bring together 12 extraordinarily talented singers (eight from Upshaw’s Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Bard Conservatory), eight emerging young composers, and a dozen instrumentalists. The artists will be in residence on the Bard campus November 6–10, 2006, and again April 9–13, 2007. Under the expert guidance of their distinguished mentors and drawing inspiration from their colleagues, these young musicians will work and learn together. They also will interact with the entire Bard community as they begin to develop and refine the creation of new musical works for the human voice and a varied complement of instruments. American soprano Dawn Upshaw is recognized as one of the world’s foremost singers, performing on international opera stages, with major orchestras, and in recital. A three-time Grammy winner, Miss Upshaw is the director of the new Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at Bard, a training program that she created especially for our Conservatory. Argentinean-born composer Osvaldo Golijov trained in Israel and later the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and Tanglewood. Last season’s New York performances of his opera Ainadamar, starring Ms. Upshaw, played to sold-out houses and rave reviews. Golijov’s song cycle Ayre was written for her as well. Golijov, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, is collaborating with Francis Ford Coppola on a film score. Ara Guzelimian has been the artistic adviser of Carnegie Hall since September 1998, and next year will become the dean at The Juilliard School. He hosts and produces the acclaimed Making Music composers series at Carnegie Hall, which has included concerts devoted to some of the most significant composers of our time. He has worked extensively with Ms. Upshaw and Mr. Golijov. The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall annually sponsors as series of highly advanced performance-oriented workshops in both classical and popular music. The world’s foremost musical artists lead each workshop. Only the finest young musicians, who undergo a rigorous competitive audition process, are admitted. Building on its distinguished history of innovation in the arts and education, Bard College established The Bard College Conservatory of Music. This innovative, five-year, double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. The Bard College Conservatory of Music’s instrumental and composition faculty includes renowned musicians and composers, including violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, Peter Serkin, and Richard Goode; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; hornists Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer. The Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence. Members and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are also available for instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals in the Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Bard College Music Program are available to students of the Conservatory. This year the Conservatory introduces three additional programs: the Vocal Arts Graduate Program, directed by Upshaw; The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman; and the Composition Program, directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or log onto the program’s website, # # # (10.27.06)

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This event was last updated on 11-13-2006