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Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts Highlights the of the Vocal Arts
July 19, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMFree
Highlights of the Vocal Arts Program
Hosted by Norman Fischer, with special guest Dawn Upshaw
Under the leadership of soprano Dawn Upshaw, the TMC Vocal Arts Program offers singers diverse projects in the song, chamber, and contemporary repertoire, all of which are featured in this broadcast of performances from 2015 to 2019. Vocal Fellows begin their summer studying Bach’s foundational cantatas under composer and Bach specialist John Harbison. Art song projects are drawn from both the old canon—like those of Viennese composer Josef Marx—and the new, as with Elizabeth Vercoe’s wonderfully witty Irreveries from Sappho. Experience in new music is central for Vocal Fellows, who often give world premieres of works like Fred Lerdahl’s sultry Fire and Ice, commissioned by the TMC for its 75thanniversary (and featuring BSO Principal Bass Edwin Barker). The fruits of essential collaborations between Vocal Fellows and their instrumental colleagues can be heard in performances of Britten’s vivid Canticle V, Mahler’s despairing Songs of a Wayfarer, and Schoenberg’s searching String Quartet No. 2.