In January, their recording of Maria Schneider’s song cycle Winter Morning Walks won in all three Grammy categories in which it had been nominated. Upshaw won for Best Classical Vocal Solo while the work was recognised as Best Contemporary Classical Composition and it carried off the Best Engineered Album (Classical) award as well. The album's producer David Frost also won Producer of the Year.
Upshaw said she was always eager to get back to Australia, ‘but I'd appreciate it if you could get the temperature down a bit,’' she reportedly said in an interview with theSydney Morning Herald.
She will be performing with the ACO in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Wollongong this month.
The ACO was a co-commissioner of the work, giving a series of performances in the US last year before making the recording with Dawn in New York.
The Age reported Upshaw saying, 'The ACO is certainly one of my favourite orchestras to work with. They play with such energy. It's really unique. I'm really intrigued with the Rautavaara work, and I want to see how Australian audiences will like this gift of Maria Schneider's work.'
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