Winter Morning Walks, a new album by soprano Dawn Upshaw, has been nominated for three Grammy awards including Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo. Upshaw is the artistic director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program.
On Winter Morning Walks Upshaw collaborates for the second time with jazz composer Maria Schneider. Their first collaborative piece, The Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories, was based on the works of Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade and was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 2008.
Winter Morning Walks, a song cycle based on the work of Pulitzer Prizewinning US poet laureate Ted Kooser, was commissioned by the Ojai Festival and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.