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Uploaded on May 31, 2011
Director Peter Sellars talks about his staging of composer George Crumb's Civil War song cycle, The Winds of Destiny (American Songbook IV), which will feature soprano Dawn Upshaw as a vet returning from a tour of Afghanistan. Upshaw will sing When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Shenandoah and The Battle Hymn of the Republic, among other anti-war songs. The production also features pianist Gilbert Kalish, percussionist Steven Schick and red fish, blue fish. The premiere of the production is at Ojai Music Festival on June 10, 2011, with two performances to follow on June 16 & 18 at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Playhouse on the campus of UC Berkeley.