Night and Day: Wednesday, February 2, 2005
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Dawn Upshaw sings music by Golijov and Canteloube, Fri-Sun.
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New Dawn

Between last week’s Cliburn Concert and this week’s Latin-themed Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performances, Bass Hall is increasingly becoming a place to hear new music. Dawn Upshaw joins the ensemble to sing Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra. One of the world’s most feted composers, Golijov is heavily influenced by his Eastern European Jewish ancestry and his Argentinian upbringing, but he has also written for Romanian gypsies, Indian tabla, and Mexican rock bands. His Three Songs take their texts from Emily Dickinson, the Galician poet Rosalía de Castro, and the English filmmaker Sally Potter. Upshaw gave the world premiere of this lyrical, earthy, and wildly grieving set of songs three years ago, and in this beautiful and fearlessly enterprising singer, Golijov (who was born five months after Upshaw in 1960) has found an ideal proponent.
She’ll also be singing some of Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, a set of pastoral songs that she has previously recorded to shiver-inducing effect. Miguel Harth-Bedoya will also lead the ensemble in Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof), a symphonic piece indulging the urbane early 20th-century French composer’s love of Brazilian music, and Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, a set of 12 variations, composed by Golijov’s bankerish Argentinian mentor, each spotlighting a different instrument in the orchestra. While other cities’ orchestras trot out stodgy and uninspired programming, FWSO continues to play more interesting and contemporary music.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra plays Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $23-72. Call 817-665-6000.


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