New York Festival of Song



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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS)
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1206
New York, NY 10001 USA

Festival Description

Artistic Director Steven Blier talks about the new season: “I feel invigorated by the 26th Season of New York Festival of Song, a perfect blend of new projects and the return of some cherished colleagues. In our Mainstage series, we’re bringing Dina Kuznetsova, Joseph Kaiser, Kate Lindsey, Ricardo Herrera, and Jeff Picón back after several seasons’ absence, along with the visionary Andrew Garland and sublime Corinne Winters. Our concerts delve into songs from three of my favorite musical hotspots: America, Poland, and Cuba—very rich terrain.

Our Emerging Artists series now has a new addition: a residency on the North Fork of Long Island at the most beautiful time of the season, late August. NYFOS Next features three contemporary composers who have a longstanding importance to us: John Musto, Mark Adamo, and Harold Meltzer. And we’re adding a new cabaret series to our season, NYFOS After Hours at HENRY’s Restaurant. It is a lovely spot to hear popular song—unamplified!—at its very best.

We are spreading our wings: NYFOS is the hippest way to hear songs in the concert hall; NYFOS is New Music; NYFOS nurtures the finest young singers in America; NYFOS kicks back and offers popular song in a relaxed environment.”

Festival Dates November 5, 2013 - May 5, 2014
Festival Links

http://www.nyfos.org

Festival Events:

Season 2013/2014:
  • Sunday, August 25, 5:00pm
    NYFOS@North Fork
    Off to the Island
    Orient, NY NYFOS Emerging Artists
    • NYFOS deepens its commitment to mentoring and showcasing the next generation of young artists
  • Monday, September 23, 10:00pm
    Autumn in New York
    HENRY’s Restaurant
    NYFOS After Hours
    • A new, informal, unplugged cabaret featuring Blier & the NYFOS gang
  • Friday, November 1, 8:00pm
    Ned is Ninety
    Brown University, Providence, RI
    NYFOS On Tour
    • (Preview Performance) Ned Rorem, the last of the great American song composers of the post-war era, turns 90 on October 23. NYFOS has enjoyed a long and fruitful history with Rorem, and marks this occasion with a musical birthday party. The program—tied together with excerpts from Rorem’s famed diaries from New York, Paris and Nantucket—features highlights from his half-century career as a songwriter, along with music by his friends and inspirations: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Noël Coward, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor. The “agile, vivacious” Kate Lindsey (The New York Times) returns to NYFOS alongside NYFOS regular Andrew Garland, “a highly communicative performer with an attractive, clear, ringing tone, who has wowed New York Festival of Song audiences” (Opera News). Garland has an acclaimed new CD out, American Portraits, which features four contemporary song cycles by American composers.
  • Saturday, November 2, 11:00am
    Masterclass
    Brown University, Providence, RI
    NYFOS On Tour
    • In the 2013-14 This season’s NYFOS On Tour also includes a performance and masterclass at Brown University in Providence, RI, and a performance in Reston, VA as part of the CenterStage series at Reston Community Center.
  • Sunday, November 3, 1:30pm
    Ned is Ninety
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
    NYFOS On Tour
    • Ned Rorem, the last of the great American song composers of the post-war era, turns 90 on October 23. NYFOS has enjoyed a long and fruitful history with Rorem, and marks this occasion with a musical birthday party. The program—tied together with excerpts from Rorem’s famed diaries from New York, Paris and Nantucket—features highlights from his half-century career as a songwriter, along with music by his friends and inspirations: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Noël Coward, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor. The “agile, vivacious” Kate Lindsey (The New York Times) returns to NYFOS alongside NYFOS regular Andrew Garland, “a highly communicative performer with an attractive, clear, ringing tone, who has wowed New York Festival of Song audiences” (Opera News). Garland has an acclaimed new CD out, American Portraits, which features four contemporary song cycles by American composers.
  • Tuesday, November 5, 8:00pm
    Ned is Ninety
    Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
    NYFOS Mainstage
    • Ned Rorem, the last of the great American song composers of the post-war era, turns 90 on October 23. NYFOS has enjoyed a long and fruitful history with Rorem, and marks this occasion with a musical birthday party. The program—tied together with excerpts from Rorem’s famed diaries from New York, Paris and Nantucket—features highlights from his half-century career as a songwriter, along with music by his friends and inspirations: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Noël Coward, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor. The “agile, vivacious” Kate Lindsey (The New York Times) returns to NYFOS alongside NYFOS regular Andrew Garland, “a highly communicative performer with an attractive, clear, ringing tone, who has wowed New York Festival of Song audiences” (Opera News). Garland has an acclaimed new CD out, American Portraits, which features four contemporary song cycles by American composers.
  • Tuesday, December 3, 8:00pm
    Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home
    Reston Community Center, Reston, VA
    NYFOS On Tour
    • Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. This program straddles the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater with music by Alejandro Garcia Caturla, Ernesto Lecuona, José Mauri, Gonzalo Roig, and Eliseo Grenet. The show will also present songs by Moises Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. The show stars a trio of powerfully communicative singers: Jeffrey Picón and Ricardo Herrera, who make long-awaited returns to the NYFOS stage; and favorite Corinne Winters, who is also scheduled to release an album of Spanish songs with Steven Blier in 2014.
      Featuring: Corinne Winters, soprano; Jeffrey Picón, tenor; Ricardo Herrera, baritone; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano
  • Thursday, December 5, 8:00pm
    Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home
    Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
    NYFOS Mainstage
    • Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. This program straddles the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater with music by Alejandro Garcia Caturla, Ernesto Lecuona, José Mauri, Gonzalo Roig, and Eliseo Grenet. The show will also present songs by Moises Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. The show stars a trio of powerfully communicative singers: Jeffrey Picón and Ricardo Herrera, who make long-awaited returns to the NYFOS stage; and favorite Corinne Winters, who is also scheduled to release an album of Spanish songs with Steven Blier in 2014.
      Featuring: Corinne Winters, soprano; Jeffrey Picón, tenor; Ricardo Herrera, baritone; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano
  • Monday, December 16, 10:00pm
    A Goyishe Christmas to You!
    HENRY’s Restaurant
    NYFOS After Hours
    • Program details and performers, TBA
  • Wednesday, January 15, 8:00pm
    NYFOS@Juilliard
    The Land Where the Good Songs Go
    Peter Jay Sharp Theater in NYC
    NYFOS Emerging Artists
    • NYFOS continues its tradition of working with emerging talent. Marking its 9th annual concert in collaboration with The Juilliard School Vocal Department, NYFOS presents The Land Where the Good Songs Go, a celebration of P.G. Wodehouse’s collaboration with Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Ivor Novello. Emerging Artists also returns to Caramoor’s Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program in the spring, while expanding this year for the first time to include a program in the North Fork of Long Island in late summer. NYFOS Emerging Artists trains young vocalists in program building, text analysis, presentation/production, research, and musical style. Throughout the year, participants work directly with NYFOS’s artistic directors to conceive and build thematic vocal programs. Often writing their own program notes, the singers are encouraged to engage audiences with directness, subtlety, and passion. Details about this season’s concerts will be released at a later date.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm
    Mark Adamo & Friends
    OPERA America’s National Opera Center
    NYFOS Next
    • Acclaimed by critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment,” composer-librettist Mark Adamo curates this NYFOS Next evening featuring both his own music and that of his colleagues and friends. Having risen to prominence with his critically acclaimed opera Little Women, the “brilliant theater composer” (The New Yorker) premiered a new song cycle last season, The Racer’s Widow, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. His latest opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commissioned by San Francisco Opera, premiered in June 2013 with Cooke in the leading role. “The densely rhapsodic new opera … burns with the fervor of an artist championing a cause,” wrote The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Sunday, February 16, 1:30pm
    Warsaw Serenade
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
    NYFOS On Tour
    • (Preview Performance) Warsaw’s musical culture thrived in the mid-twentieth century, nurturing many gifted composers whose ultra-Romantic music was overlooked in the post-war years. This program celebrates the haunting beauty and unique tonal language of Polish giants Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Weinberg, and others. Giving voice to this thrilling program are international opera stars Dina Kuznetsova and Joseph Kaiser. Featuring: Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; Steven Blier, piano ; Michael Barrett, piano
  • Tuesday, February 18, 8:00pm
    Warsaw Serenade
    Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
    NYFOS Mainstage
    • Warsaw’s musical culture thrived in the mid-twentieth century, nurturing many gifted composers whose ultra-Romantic music was overlooked in the post-war years. This program celebrates the haunting beauty and unique tonal language of Polish giants Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Weinberg, and others. Giving voice to this thrilling program are international opera stars Dina Kuznetsova and Joseph Kaiser. Featuring: Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; Steven Blier, piano ; Michael Barrett, piano
  • Tuesday, March 4, 7:30pm
    John Musto & Friends
    OPERA America’s National Opera Center
    NYFOS Next
    • Known as much for his eclectic compositional influences as his pianistic authority, John Musto (Listen Here) is equally at home in opera, vocal chamber music, and piano works. Musto has seen four operas produced in the last decade, including the “masterpiece” Volpone, which “stands out not only for its humor but also its brilliant marriage of words and music” (The Washington Post). Sure to be an evening as diverse and adventurous as it is virtuosic, Musto returns to NYFOS with music as “disparate as a rumba and a quote from ‘Don Giovanni,’ woven into a fresh and original organic whole.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Sunday, March 16, 4:00pm
    Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars
    Ports of Call: An Itinerary of Song
    Caramoor Center in Katonah, NY
    • NYFOS Emerging Artists
  • Tuesday, March 18, 7:00pm
    Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars
    Ports of Call: An Itinerary of Song
    OPERA America’s National Opera Center
    • NYFOS Emerging Artists
  • Wednesday, March 19, 7:00pm
    Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars
    Ports of Call: An Itinerary of Song
    OPERA America’s National Opera Center
    • NYFOS Emerging Artists
  • Tuesday, April 1, 7:30pm
    Harold Meltzer & Friends
    OPERA America’s National Opera Center
    NYFOS Next
    • “Haunting, quirky and continually inventive” (The New York Times), composer Harold Meltzer closes out the NYFOS Next concert series. The Brooklyn native and Pulitzer Prize finalist has a history of premiering new works with NYFOS, including last season’s Topography and his 2010 song cycle for tenor and piano, Beautiful Ohio, which New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini praised for its “riveting tension between the somberly elegaic vocal writing and the heaving piano part, thick with grating precisely textured chords.”
  • Monday, April 28, 7:00pm
    Remembering Lenny
    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
    • Spring Gala
  • Monday, May 5, 10:00pm
    The Land Where The Good Songs Go
    HENRY’s Restaurant
    • NYFOS After Hours

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