Department of Music

Internationally Acclaimed Violist Stephen Upshaw to Perform September 16

Internationally Acclaimed Violist Stephen Upshaw to Perform September 16

The Department of Music presents Stephen Upshaw, viola, in a recital on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:30 pm in Goodwin Recital Hall. Music faculty Jeremy Samolesky, piano, will accompany Upshaw and David Odom, clarinet, will join them for a trio.  

Since making his concerto debut at 17, London-based violist Stephen Upshaw has won several competitions and played in festivals around the world. In recent seasons, recital and chamber music engagements have brought him to Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall and Royal Opera House, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Stephen has a strong interest in synthesizing music with other fields and has helped realize collaborative projects with the Boston Architectural College, Transport Theatre Company, Rambert Dance Company, and Parasol Unit Art Space. He is also the artistic director of Sounding Motion, a new company exploring the relationship between live contemporary chamber music and dance. Recognized for his work in this area, Stephen was recently invited to give a presentation at the New England Conservatory on the topic of entrepreneurial musicianship and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 by visiting  Students, faculty, and guests are also encouraged to purchase tickets beginning at 6:30 pm in Goodwin Hall. Tickets are $5 for students with a valid student ID, and only one ticket may be purchased per student. For general admission (including university faculty and staff), tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children; children younger than age six are admitted free of charge. The doors will open at 7:00 pm. Come early to be sure to get your ticket; the department anticipates selling all 220 available seats in the recital hall.

For more information on performers and program information, please visit, email, or call 334.844.4165.

Last Updated: September 15, 2015