Governor Mark Dayton declares August 8th, 2016 “Dominick Argento Day” in the state of Minnesota

July 18, 2016

In conjunction with the opening of the third annual Source Song Festival scheduled to celebrate the work of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dominick Argento, the Governor of Minnesota has declared August 8th, 2016 as a statewide “Dominick Argento Day.” The composer and Regents Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Dominick Argento, is widely considered to be America's preeminent composer of lyric opera. The recipient of both Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as a Grammy for Minnesota Orchestra’s 2002 recording featuring his work Casa Guidi, he taught at the Eastman School of Music before accepting a position at the University of Minnesota where he taught from 1958 to 1997. 

As Minnesota’s generative force in song, Source Song Festival spearheaded this initiative and collected letters of support from cultural leaders and institutions from throughout the state including prior commissioning organizations such as the Walker Art Center, the Schubert Club, and VocalEssence. Source Song Festival celebrates this giant and hometown hero in two very special concerts book-ending their weeklong festival of song: 

August 8th, 8pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall is OpenSource: A Dominick Argento Celebration. Hosted by MPR’s Brian Newhouse, this concert features live interviews with the composer and those artists who premiered some of his most famous song cycles, and follows directly with live performances of the works. Included on the program is Håkan Hagegård, Martin Katz, Maria Jette, Adriana Zabala, Michael Slattery, Jeffrey Van, and Jesse Blumberg. 

August 13th, 8pm is an evening of Argento’s two seminal vocal works The Andrée Expedition and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.  Presented at the new Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul, the Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård re-imagines both of these works originally for solo voice as multi-singer staged works. Featured performers include Tyler Duncan, Jesse Blumberg, Alan Dunbar, Tyler Wottrich, Kate Maroney, Ann Cravero, Erika Switzer and Hagegård himself. 

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About Source Song Festival: Founded in 2014 by Mark Bilyeu and Clara Osowski, Source is a generative force. It re-imagines the song festival by not only delivering fresh and innovative concerts, recitals and masterclasses, but more importantly by empowering and inspiring a new generation of musicians- composers, performers and audience members alike- through the creation of new works, the initiating of conversation, and the fostering of relationships within Minnesota’s vibrant community. Centralized at the MacPhail Center for Music in downtown Minneapolis, the 2016 festival features public concerts at Ted Mann Concert Hall, the American Swedish Institute, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall as well as the annual line up of public masterclasses and workshops by leading artists of the art song genre, including Libby Larsen, Håkan Hagegård, François Le Roux, Arlene Shrut, Martin Katz, and many more.  


Contact: Clara Osowski, Associate Artistic Director | 701.307.0330