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The 92nd Street Y presents Dido Reimagined: Dawn Upshaw, soprano, and the Brentano String Quartet

April 3, 2022

The 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s leading cultural venues, presents Dido Reimagined: Dawn Upshaw, soprano, and the Brentano String Quartet as part of its Spring Classical Concert Season on April 3, 2022 at 8pm. Concerts are for fully vaccinated audiences, all concerts also available for streaming. For more information, including purchasing tickets and COVID-19 protocols for in-person performances, please visit 92Y.org/Concerts.

DAWN UPSHAW, soprano
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 3 PM

Dido – the proud, heroic mythological figure brought down by love – is the inspiration behind this musical exploration of her story and character by the Brentano Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw. The program begins with songs by Purcell and his Baroque contemporaries, including “Dido’s Lament,” interspersed with string quartet iterations of early English works for consort of viols. The program then leaps forward nearly 350 years to the New York premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner. Dido Reimagined is Wagner’s new consideration of Dido, looking anew at her psyche, her vulnerability, her strength, and her choices. The concert continues the Brentano Quartet’s artistic collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and the unusual pairing of soprano and string quartet.

PURCELL: Oh let me weep
PURCELL: Fantasia No. 5
LOCKE: Suite No. 2 for four viols: Fantazie
DOWLAND: Come again, sweet love doth now invite
LOCKE: Suite No. 2: Courante
DOWLAND: Can she excuse my wrongs
LOCKE: Suite No. 2: Ayre
DOWLAND: Weep you no more, sad fountains
LOCKE: Suite No. 2: Saraband
TOMKINS: Aleman 
BYRD: Though Amaryllis dance in green
JOHNSON: The Witty Wanton
PURCELL: Fantasia No. 7
PURCELL: Dido’s Lament
MELINDA WAGNER: Dido Reimagined (NY Premiere; 92Y co-commission)

About 92nd Street Y: The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92Y offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.


April 3, 2022