Hudson Shad, the five-singer, one-pianist ensemble, officially debuted in 1992, but their nucleus formed in 1977 when three of them performed as soloists in Penderecki’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall. Then, in 1989, the Arts at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn asked bass Wilbur Pauley to contract a quartet to perform as “The Family” in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with Marianne Faithfull. Over the last quarter century, Hudson Shad has likely racked up more performances as “The Family” than any other group in history. They have performed in almost 50 different locations, from Arezzo to Zagreb, numbering over 100 performances worldwide. They participated in a staging of the work in a double bill with Weill’s Lindbergh’s Flight at the Macerata Festival. They have twice recorded the work, once with Masur and the NY Philharmonic and once with Ms. Faithfull, Dennis Russell Davies and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Hudson Shad was honored to participate in the Carnegie Hall premiere of the work, with Ute Lemper and the Toronto Symphony.
Other orchestra appearances by Hudson Shad have featured more Weill: The Little Mahagonny with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Salzburg Festival. The Schubert bicentennial in 1997 found Hudson Shad returning to the New York Philharmonic for orchestral works with men’s voices and performing Reger’s orchestrations of Schubert songs with the Bruckner Orchester in Linz. Hudson Shad debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as “Wild Things” in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are, conducted by the composer. They have developed their own English translation of Stravinsky’s Renard and have performed it with Charles Dutoit at the Miyazaki Festival and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The members of Hudson Shad appearing with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are: Mark Bleeke, tenor; Eric Edlund, baritone; Peter Becker, bass/baritone; and Wilbur Pauley, bass.