From Ojai Festival

For Dawn Upshaw, ‘Winds of Destiny’ lead to Ojai

For Dawn Upshaw, ‘Winds of Destiny’ lead to Ojai. Peter Sellars directed Dawn Upshaw for a performance of George Crumb’s song cycle “Winds of Destiny” in Los Angeles – eight songs performed by soprano, amplified piano, and four percussionists who play 102 instruments in all.  The idea of staging art song is not new, but Upshaw’s compelling presentation at the 2011 Ojai Festival is operatic (classical singing, underlying plot, small ensemble, costuming) and far from the the 19th century salon performances of old…perhaps even a new genre that will attract new audiences.    Here’s an excerpt of the article that gives a little insight into the performance: “The…