The adventurous San Francisco Performances' PIVOT series has programmed an intensive four-day festival presenting artists and works with political observations and meanings. The festival's fourth and final day presents bass baritone Dashon Burton who steps out of his acclaimed role as a classically trained concert and choral artist and member of Roomful of Teeth, with a program of Civil War and Civil Rights anthems of protest, called Songs of Struggle and Redemption.
Praised for his "nobility and rich tone," (The New York Times) and his enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable...[of] raising the dead;" (Wall Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton has appeared in the Brahms Requiem and Beethoven 9 with Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra in the last two seasons; also the Mozart Requiem in the summer season at Severance Hall. He joins forces with Cleveland and Welser-Most again in 2017-18 for reprise performances of their groundbreaking production of Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen and for performances of Beethoven 9 in their Prometheus Project, at home and abroad in Vienna and Japan.
Burton's opera engagements include singing Sarastro in Die Zauberflote in Dijon and Paris, and the role of Jupiter in Rameau's Castor and Pollux with Christoph Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques. He has toured Europe in the St. John Passion with Christoph Pregardien's Le Concert Lorraine, and in Italy with Maaski Suzuki and the Yale Schola Cantorum in the St. Matthew Passion, a work he also sang on tour in the Netherlands with the NNSO.
Dashon Burton's Ravinia recital, based on his recent recording, Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome, led off his 2016-17 season, followed by his performance of works by Aperghis and Stockhausen-as well as his own composition, Light Year-in the 2016 Resonant Bodies Festival at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. With Ensemble ACJW, he appeared in Arvo Part's Passion in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.