About the event
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
Annett Recital Hall, 152 Lowe Center for the Arts
Three nights of new music presented by students and student ensembles, UWL faculty and guests, and headliners GRAMMY™-award winning soprano Sarah Brailey and entrancing cellist Caleb van der Swaagh, with additional events with local high school music students and Q&A session with UWL students.
GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Sarah Brailey enjoys a versatile career that defies categorization. Praised by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” and by Opera UK for “a sound of remarkable purity,” she is a prolific vocalist, cellist, recording artist, and educator.
Sarah’s numerous career highlights include performing Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group, serenading the Mona Lisa with John Zorn’s Madrigals at the Louvre in Paris, and performing the role of The Soul in the world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, for which she received the 2020 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Other notable recent and upcoming projects include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Colorado Symphony; Julia Wolfe’s Her Story with the Lorelei Ensemble and the Boston, Chicago, Nashville, National, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; and the Brahms Requiem with the Johnstown Symphony.
Sarah is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to non-profit organizations. Through Beyond Artists, she supports the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Animal Welfare Institute. Sarah is the Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Chicago. www.sarahbrailey.com.
Praised for his “entrancing” performances (National Sawdust Log), cellist Caleb van der Swaagh is a versatile chamber musician and soloist. He is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now known as Ensemble Connect) – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation.
In demand as a chamber musician, Caleb is member of Exponential Ensemble, a mixed instrumentation chamber ensemble. He is a first prize winner in the SAVVY Chamber Competition and has performed with such ensembles as The Knights, A Far Cry, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Borromeo String Quartet, Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Recent festival appearances include appearances at the Chelsea Music Festival, Ottawa ChamberFest, Garth Newel Music Center, Music from Montauk, 23Arts Summer Music Festival, Edelio Festival, and Birdfoot Festival. As a recording artist, Caleb’s recent releases include the Against Method with counter)induction on New Focus Recordings and Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Quintet with Phoenix Ensemble on Navona Records. Additional appearances include albums on Albany Records, Bright Shiny Things, Supertrain Records, Linn Records, and Avie Records.
An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb is a member of counter)induction, Ensemble Échappé, and Ensemble Ipse. He also performs regularly with leading contemporary music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, and Hotel Elefant. He has premiered works by such composers as Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Christian Wolff, Roscoe Mitchell, and Iancu Dumitrescu, among others, as well as performing his own compositions and arrangements.
A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia – Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012. For more information, visit www.calebvanderswaagh.com.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7:30 PM - Annett Recital Hall, UWL
Come hear outstanding performances from UWL student musicians!
The UWL Symphony Orchestra, UWL choirs, chamber groups and individual students will perform music by current composers. There will be a wider range of pieces, from a dramatic piece for flute to an elegy (a poem of serious reflection) written by former UWL Music Department faculty member David Phipps who recently passed.
Sarah Brailey, soprano, and Caleb van der Swaagh, cello
Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7:30 PM - Annett Recital Hall, UWL
An evening of fresh American music for voice and cello, performed by Sarah Brailey and Caleb van der Swaagh.
Friday, November 4, 2022, 7:30 PM - Annett Recital Hall, UWL
You are invited to enjoy an evening of music by UWL faculty and guests!
These outstanding performances will provide a wide range of music by living composers. Guests will hear:
Please join us!
Our headliners Sarah Brailey and Caleb van der Swaagh will offer "a very open rehearsal" for local high school students. Sarah and Caleb will play a portion of their program for Friday night, and then proceed to rehearse the pieces. Students in attendance can ask the performers questions at any time during the rehearsal process.
An informal event where Sarah and Caleb will answer questions collected from students prior to the event.