About This Program

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In 2007 soprano Dawn Upshaw was the first vocal artist to be awarded the MacArthur Foundation's “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Beyond her captivating vocal performances, she is well known for being a vigorous champion of the music of today. Composers such as John Harbison, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams and Osvaldo Golijov have written works especially for her.

Composer Shawn Jaeger’s music has been described as “introspective, mournful and evocative” by The New York Times, and often draws inspiration from Appalachian ballad singing and Old Regular Baptist hymnody. In 2010, Jaeger received a commission from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of a Professional Training Workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Donnacha Dennehy.

Featured Artists

Dawn Upshaw and Shawn Jaeger


Composer Conversation Series events are FREE but reservations are required (tickets available Monday, September 23).

Please join us for all of this year's Composer Conversations, intended for music lovers of all stripes and featuring some of today’s most original, prominent and prestigious voices in composition. The 2013-14 season will feature live interviews with distinctive creators John Luther Adams, Vivian Fung, John Harbison, Timo Andres and Gabriel Kahane, Shawn Jaeger and Dawn Upshaw, Sufjan Stevens and more. Events will take place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown Saint Paul and feature time devoted for audience Q&A and informal post-show receptions. Events are presented in partnership with MPR and American Composers Forum.

Come early and stay late! Amsterdam Bar & Hall will be serving food and drinks before, during and after this event.


SPCO concerts are made possible by audience contributions.


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