UM Dean to Perform at Carnegie Hall

April 16, 2014

UM's Stephen Kalm poses with a group of actors for MISSOULA
–  “Practice … practice …” is the punchline to the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” That is precisely what Stephen Kalm did in New York City last week in preparation for an April 22 performance at Carnegie Hall.

Kalm is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana and a music professor. He will perform in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero,” which is curated by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang.

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Although this marks his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Kalm has performed in opera and concert at the Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, throughout the United States and in international festivals in London; Paris; Berlin; Lisbon, Portugal; Copenhagen, Denmark; Avignon, France; and Bern, Switzerland. Next month he will sing the baritone solos in Vaughn Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” with the Glacier Symphony in Kalispell.

Kalm first performed “The Wayward” in 1991 at the “Bang On A Can Festival” at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. He also toured a production of “The Wayward” around the United States and Europe. A recording of that production, available on Amazon, was released in 2002 on Wergo Records. 

“The Wayward” comprises four mini operas: “Barstow,” “San Francisco,” “The Letter” and “US Highball.” The longest opera, “US Highball,” outlines the autobiographical experiences of two hobos on a trancontinental hobo trip from San Francisco to Chicago during the Depression.


Photo: Stephen Kalm (second from left), dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, will appear in an upcoming Carnegie Hall performance of “The Wayward.”



Contact: Stephen Kalm, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 406-243-4970,