Read What Critics are Saying About Source


August 9, 2018
New Minnesota tenor makes his local debut with beautiful songs of heartache

Portillo is a recent Twin Cities transplant, and this was his debut recital in Minneapolis. It was also his first “Dichterliebe,” and he unraveled an interpretation already full of insight and individual temperament.

August 4, 2018
Best of the Week: Drake...Zac Brown Band, Source Song Festival

The Source Song Festival has become a not-to-be-missed part of Minnesota summers, providing world-class recitals of art song. Curators Mark Bilyeu and Clara Osowski offer another fascinating week of events for 2018... 

January 5, 2018
Musicians will compete at Minnesota's 'electric' first SongSlam

the SongSlam concept seemed a natural fit with what [Bilyeu & Osowski] wanted to accomplish with their festival. “Source loves the tradition that art song is steeped in, but our mission is also to push boundaries every now and then,” he said. “This seemed the perfect way to talk about the idea that song doesn’t live in a box or in an encyclopedia or a library.”

August 13, 2017
Young tenor finds joy, heartache in Schubert song cycle

"Mixing public recitals with workshops and master classes, Source quickly has established itself as a major fixture in the Twin Cities classical calendar, purveying international standards of excellence."

July 28, 2017
Looking for classical music in Minnesota in August? Check out these 3 festivals

"...From the inaugural festival in 2014, [Bilyeu] and Osowski have built Source into a weeklong celebration of art song..."

August 8, 2017
Classical Music Blooms in august

"Source Song Festival ... began as a brainstorm among pianist Mark Bilyeu and mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski. This year’s theme: “At the Headwaters,” because headwaters are where things begin..."

January 11, 2017
37 things we're looking forward to in the Twin Cities arts scene in 2017

"For art-song lovers, the wonderful Source Song Festival will rise again at venues throughout the Twin Cities, featuring world premieres by Minneapolis composers Libby Larsen and David Evan Thomas..."

June 29, 2016
source song festival to salute argento

"For lovers of song, the human voice and new work by proven and acclaimed composers, and for music fans who want to broaden their horizons, Source has it all. "

July 29, 2016
Festival celebrates Dominick Argento, 'patriarch' of Minnesota composers

Fans will have a chance to hear Argento’s prizewinning songs as part of the third annual Source Song Festival.

August 31, 2015
Weeklong song festival at MacPhail

"True, Minnesotans love song and poetry, which together make up the art song, the festival’s focus.

August 2, 2015
The art song lives at Source Song Festival this week at MacPhail Center

"...a fascinating week of workshops, master classes and evening recitals on the subject of the classical art song. Highlights include... Friday's recital by baritone Anton Belov, which offers a rare opportunity to hear an entire program of songs by Russian composers, sung in the original language."

August 4, 2014
New Source Song Festival puts listeners in touch with artists

"Seize this opportunity for intimacy"

"[Summer Song Festival]'s absence has left me wishing that local audiences had more opportunities to experience the special intimacy possible when the music is created by just a poet, a composer, a singer and a pianist. Well, such a chance has arrived again, and I’d suggest you seize it. The Source Song Festival is a new venture... 


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