Stacy Bergstedt and George Cady

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 established a worldwide career in opera, recital, and in many works with orchestra.

In key elements of his repertoire — Bach’s “St. John and St. Matthew Passions” and the “B minor Mass,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Beethoven’s symphony No. 9 the “Brahms Requiem,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and Mozart’s “Requiem” — Burton is a frequent guest with ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque; the Carmel and Bethlehem Bach Choir Festivals, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, Oregon, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

He is a regular guest with the Cleveland orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, appearing there in the Brahms and Mozart requiems, the groundbreaking animated production of Janacek’s “Cunning Little Vixen” and, most recently, at home and on tour in Europe and Japan in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In June, he opened the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago’s Millennium Park singing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

Burton has won prizes from the ARD international Music Competition and the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, and from the Oratorio Society of New York and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Competition for Young American Singers.

He graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and received his Master’s of Music degree from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music.

Burton will be accompanied by pianist Kira Whiting from Portland, who is a member of the Bodhi Trio and has performed in Scandinavia and London with Burton.

The program to be performed in Brookings touches on a wide range of musical genres and styles. It will open with a song by British Renaissance composer John Dowland, and then a featured work, “Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love),” by Robert Schumann, one of the pillars of 19th century German Romanticism. Also on the program are two “Riddle Songs” by contemporary composer Scott Perkins (a member of the faculty at Sacramento State University), and the “Chansons Villageoises (Village Songs)” of Francis Poulenc. The program will conclude with spirituals arranged by Harry T. Burleigh and Roland Hayes.

This concert will take place at the Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church at 102 Park Ave. at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Single tickets cost $20 and prorated season tickets will be available for the remaining three concerts. An additional final concert will be free to the public. Students younger than 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies.

Further information may be obtained by visiting the Friends of Music website at or by calling 541-469-7625.