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Bass-Baritone Dashon Burton joins Craig Hella Johnson, pianist,  for a recital in Conspirare’s “The Poet Sings” series. Program will include Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), Op. 48.  Praised by The New York Times, Washington Post, and Cincinnati Enquirer; Burton’s recent release, Songs of Struggle & Redemption: We Shall Overcome, was included on the New York Times The Best Classical Musical Recordings of 2016 list.

Praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (The New York Times) and his “enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable … [of] raising the dead;” (Wall Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton has appeared in both the Brahms Requiem and Beethoven 9 with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra. 

02.02.18 (8:00pm), Friday
The Poet Sings: Dashon Burton with Craig Hella Johnson

Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall, University of Texas
201 W. 21st St., Austin TX

Parking: Dobie Mall Garage at 2005 Whitis Ave. is across the street from the venue. AT&T Conference Center Garage is about a block away. Conspirare does not assume parking costs for patrons at this venue. Additional paid-parking lots are available in the area. Metered parking on Guadalupe St. and University Ave. MORE

Photo Credit: Tatiana Daubek

“I love the idea of The Poet Sings….The body of work is so massive in poetry and song, and the combination of them is as old as humanity. I want to dig my hands in the deep earth that brought us these shared feelings, these experiences, all conveyed to us from those who wrote before we were here….We will invite the audience into our world in the same way that Schumann and many other great souls since have done….From our Nobel Laureate Poet/Singer himself: ‘It frightens me, the awful truth, of how sweet life can be….’-Bob Dylan”

Dashon Burton

This program is 90 minutes with no intermission. Program to be selected from:

     In This Trembling Shadow, John Dowland   

     Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love),  Opus 48, Robert Schumann 

     Riddle Songs, Scott Perkins  

                No. 24  (Solution:  jay)      No. 47  (Solution: bookworm)

     Five Mystical Songs, Ralph Vaughn Williams


     City Called Heaven, Traditional Spiritual

     Motherless Child, Traditional Spiritual

     Precious Lord Take My Hand, Thomas A. Dorsey 

     We Shall Overcome, Traditional                          

     Over My Head, Traditional Spiritual

     Blue,  William Bolcolm 

The Poet Sings: Dashon Burton with Craig Hella Johnson Program PDF

Special Appearance by the following Symphonic Choir Artists:

Kari McDonald, soprano
Margaret Henderson, soprano
Michel Kennell, soprano
Jennifer Wang, soprano
Wravan Godsoe, alto
Linda Blair Ramsey, alto
Deborah Rupp, alto
Andrea Pobanz, alto
Todd Brennan, tenor
Robbie LaBanca, tenor
Eli Salazar, tenor
Trevor Shaw, tenor
Roland Barrera, bass
Robert Harlan, bass
Dionysus Henderson, bass
De’Evin J. Johnson, bass
John Proft, bass

Special Events

Special Event:  Voice Masterclass

01.30.18 (12:30-1:50pm), Tuesday  Free and open to the public

Dashon Burton will offer a master class for Butler School of Music students in the Recital Studio (MRH 2.608) at 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. on The University of Texas Campus. Burton will coach Butler School of Music voice students Andy Young, Chantal Freeman, and Andrew Breuninger. Miguel Campinho from the Collaborative Piano faculty will be at the piano.

Recital Studio (MRH 2.608) at 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. on The University of Texas Campus. Parking:  San Jacinto Parking Garage, located at 2401 San Jacinto Blvd., is directly behind the Butler School of Music and next to the Texas Memorial Museum.  Fee for parking.  MORE.

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