Though the six-man ensemble Hudson Shad (five singers and a pianist) debuted officially in 1992, their nucleus formed in 1977 when three of them made their Carnegie Hall debuts as soloists in Penderecki’s Magnificat. 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 “Seven Deadly Sins” with Marianne Faithfull. The response was favorable.
Over the past three decades, Hudson Shad has most likely racked up more performances as The Family in the "Seven Deadly Sins" than any other group in history. They have performed in almost 60 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 "Der Lindbergflug," 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 RSO-Wien. 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: “Kleine Mahagonny” with the St.Paul Chamber Orchestra, and ”Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny” at the Salzburg Festival. The Schubert bicentennial in 1997 found Hudson Shad returning to the NY Philharmonic for orchestral works with men’s voices, and they performed Schubert songs using the Reger orchestrations 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.
In 1999 Hudson Shad was featured on Broadway in a musical tribute to the legendary German singing group, The Comedian Harmonists: Band in Berlin.
Oct.2015 marked Hudson Shad's debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in a double bill of Sins (with Ute Lemper) and Philip Glass' Fall of the House of Usher.
In May 2015, Hudson Shad was honored to make their role debut as the barbershop quartet in the quintessential American musical "The Music Man" with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Other recent performances include the "Seven Deadly Sins" with the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra (Sept2016); BBC Symphony Orchestra (London,Nov2016); and Detroit Symphony Orchestra (June2017), and Houston Symphony (Nov2018). In May2019, Hudson Shad participated in their third recording of the Sins, this time with the Oregon Symphony, conductor Carlos Kalmar and singer Storm Large.
Hudson Shad first performed the hymn verses complementing the Ives Violin Sonatas at the 2014 Ojai Festival with Jeremy Denk and Jennifer Frautschi; they've repeated the program in 2018, with Stefan Jackiw, at the Celebrity Series in Boston and at the People's Symphony Series in NYC.
Upcoming performances include more Sins on a tour of Germany with Kammerakademie Potsdam in Oct2019.
The members of Hudson Shad appearing at Tanglewood are: Mark Bleeke, tenor; Eric Edlund, baritone; Peter Becker, bass/baritone; and Wilbur Pauley, bass.