arts 03.17.03

Dawn Upshaw

On the brink of war, it may be comforting to reflect on the simple moments of beauty which our species is capable of producing, as when soprano Dawn Upshaw sings.

Ms. Upshaw is appearing in John Adams' acclaimed oratorio "El Niño" at BAM, 718.636.4100, on March 20th and 22nd at 7:30pm. It's a modern take on the Nativity, staged by Peter Sellars and also starring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Willard White. Many call it Mr. Adams' best work, though Sellars' staging is somewhat controversial. Only a small number of tickets are available, so you'll need to act quickly.

Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" is being performed at the Met, 212.362.6000, conducted by James Levine, with Ms. Upshaw singing the role of Anne Trulove. Dates are April 14, 19 (matinee), 23, 26, and May 2 (matinee). You can hear the April 19th performance broadcast on WQXR at 1:30pm.

Channel 13 will broadcast a documentary called "Playing for Real", a look at Young Concert Artists and the challenges that young musicians face in pursuing a career in classical music. Ms. Upshaw is an alum of the program and appears in the film. Look for it on April 3rd at 8pm…If you were wondering why there was no Friday MUG email: we had just sent off the Thursday email 'Computer Help' when our computer, ironically enough, ran into serious trouble. We called our own recommendation, Computer Guys, who came the next day and did a great job of getting us back up and running. That MUG is so useful…

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