Since forming in 2010, the dream songs project has engaged audiences across the Midwest through performances of a wide range of repertoire spanning from Renaissance lute songs to Romantic arias, 20th century masterpieces, and newly commissioned music. TDSP's artistic mission is to entertain and educate while bringing together performers, audiences, and composers through high quality chamber music concerts.
TDSP has self-produced numerous chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., and has been invited to perform for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Minnesota Guitar Society Local Artist Series, Farley's House of Pianos Concert Series, Thursday Musical Artist Series, Friday Noon Musicale, Macalester College Noon Concert Series, the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series, and Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret.
In 2011, TDSP released its first recording, Mauro Giuliani: Songs for Voice and Guitar, which includes the classical composer's well-known op. 89 Sechs Lieder, the operatic op. 95 Sei Ariette, and his rarely heard op. 13 Trois Romances. This recording has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and several public radio broadcasts in Wisconsin, and was described by MPR host Steve Staruch as "superb" and"clean and colorful." They can also be heard on the 2018 Centaur Records release of works by Justin Rubin, Variations on Life & Loss.
The ensemble is currently working on a recording of contemporary voice and guitar music by Minnesota composers, featuring works by Daniel Nass, Christopher Gable, and Katherine Bergman. This recording will be released in 2019.
The Dream Songs Project is a non-profit organization with fiscal sponsorship through Springboard for the Arts. You can make a tax-deductible donation to us through GiveMN. Thank you for your support!
Mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson’s vocal repertoire spans the ages from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary experimental music, with a focus on American and twentieth-century artsong and chamber music. A native of Falconer, NY, Alyssa received her BM in Vocal Performance from SUNY, College at Fredonia, and she completed her MM and DMA in Performance at the University of Minnesota with a doctoral thesis on the solo vocal music of American composer Henry Cowell. Alyssa has appeared as a soloist with the Metamorphosis Opera Theater, Zeitgeist, LoftRecitals, Minnesota Oratorio Society, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Twin Cities Lyric Theater, RenegadeEnsemble, the University of Minnesota’s New Music Ensemble, the University of Minnesota’s Bach Festival, the Jamestown Choral Society, the Fredonia College Choir, and Fredonia’s Festival Chorus. Alyssa is also the founder and artistic director of La Bonne Chanson, an artsong performance ensemble. Alyssa was a 2013 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.
Classical guitarist Joseph Spoelstra has performed throughout the U.S. including the Wilshire-Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati. His performances have been broadcast on NPR programs in Los Angeles and Wisconsin. In addition to his solo performances, Joseph is a frequent ensemble guitarist with chamber groups throughout the Midwest including Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, RenegadeEnsemble, Classical Revolution of Madison, La Bonne Chanson, and Theater Latte Da. Joseph holds his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota. His primary teachers have been Brian Head, William Kanengiser, and Jeffrey Van. www.spoelstraguitar.com
Mauro Giuliani: Songs for Voice and Guitar
The debut album from The Dream Songs Project featuring classical voice and guitar songs by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829). This recording includes the op. 89 Sechs Lieder, op. 95 Sei Ariette, and the premiere recording of the op. 13 Trois Romances.
Download the album booklet here.