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Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Gil Kalish, piano

Seekers: Dawn Upshaw joins longtime friend and collaborator pianist Gil Kalish this week for songs that illuminate the expansive range of this cherished American soprano. Few singers of any time combine Ms. Upshaw's rare vocal limpidity and command with such a searching contemporary awareness. The duo brings us music of Schubert, Mahler, Debussy, and Bartók, as well as two American composers—William Bolcom and John Harbison—whose works Ms. Upshaw has long championed. Listen in for a truly special hour.

Listen to the performance


  • Franz Schubert: Im Fruhling, No. 70
  • Gustav Mahler: Two Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grunen Wald
  • Lob des hohen Verstands
  • Claude-Achille Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis
  • La Flute de Pan
  • La chevelure
  • Le Tombeau des Naiades
  • Bela Bartok: Hungarian Folksong Settings. Op. 64 and Op. 92
  • Fekete fod (Black is the Earth), Op. 64, No. 1
  • Hatforintos nota (Six-florin dance), Op. 92, No. 8
  • Eddig valo dolgom (Up to now my work), Op. 64, No. 7
  • John Harbison: from Mirabai Songs
  • Why Mira Can't Go Back to Her Old House
  • Where Did You Go?
  • William Bolcom: Tow songs from Cabaret Songs, Volume I
  • Song of Black Max (Vol 1, No. 5)
  • Waitin' (Vol. 1, No. 4)


Mixed Company is written by Saint Paul Sunday staff, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the classical music they love.


Artist profile: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Gil Kalish, piano