Dashon Burton to Take on Music by Beethoven At San Francisco Performances

By David Salazar
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San Francisco Performances is set to present “Words & Music” on Feb. 8, 2020 at the Herbst Theatre.

The showcase, which kicks off bright and early at 10 a.m. local time, will feature music by Beethoven as performed by bass-baritone Dashon Burton and host and lecturer Robert Greenberg.

“While known for the abundance of works for instruments, Beethoven’s output for songs was limited and that’s why we are especially excited to present  bass-baritone Dashon Burton and host and lecturer Robert Greenberg in their exploration of these not often performed works. The event mirrors the unique lecture/recital format well known to audiences who enjoy our Saturday Morning Series which also features Robert Greenberg,” stated SFP President Melanie Smith in a press release.

Burton has recently appear at the Carmel Bach Festival and Salzburg Festival. His 2019-20 seaosn will see him appear in the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s “The Listeners” as well as in Michael Tilson Thomas’ “Rilke Songs” with the composer himself. He will also perform Verdi’s “Requiem” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, among several other projects.

Greenberg is a composer and Steinway Artist who has received a number of honors and commissions from such organizations as the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Alexander String Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Performances and the XTET ensemble. He is also a sought-after lecturer.

The pieces that will be performed include “Zärtliche Liebe,” “Adelaide,” Six Songs on texts by von Gellert, Six Songs on texts by Goethe, “Inquesta tomba oscura” and a number of Irish / Scottish songs.