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NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (Steven Blier, Artistic Director • Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director) concludes its 2013-14 Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center with WARSAW SERENADE.

The haunting, ultra-romantic beauty of Polish song, with songs by Stanislaw Moniuszko, Edward Pallasz, Grazyna Bacewicz, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Featuring: Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; and Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists.

The concert is set for tonight, February 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY. $40-$55 for Single Tickets; $10 for Student Tickets $20 for Real Deal Tickets: Advance Purchase, Limited Availability and Seating. Complementary wine reception with the artists following performance. Visit for more information.

From NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier: "Working on this program I have been transported by the sheer vibrancy and range of Polish music. The opulent, sensual Karol Szymanowski was the inspiration for the evening, and we'll be featuring a selection of his songs that span his long career. Szymanowski will be surrounded by a colorful cast of characters: Weinberg, the voice of the Jewish shtetl, Bracewicz, the most refined of modernists, and a cadre of Poland's greatest tunesmiths--Moniuszko, Pallasz, Paderewski, and Karlewicz. The repertoire was a true discovery for me, and I am excited to share it with the New York and Boston audiences."

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, Gra?yna Bacewicz, Mieczys?aw Weinberg, and others.

Giving voice to this thrilling program is a pair of international opera stars, who both carry a rich history with NYFOS. Soprano Dina Kuznetsova and tenor Joseph Kaiser, who participated in last season's NYFOS 25th Anniversary concert, make their much-anticipated return to NYFOS Mainstage.

The pair perform regularly to critical acclaim in some of the world's greatest houses. "Kuznetsova is glorious ... unleashing torrents of sound and emotion in ways that are breathtaking," writes The Guardian. Kaiser, "a singer of unnerving ability, blessed with a muscular but flexible sound," (San Francisco Chronicle) returns to the Houston Grand Opera this month for the American premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger.

The singers will be joined by NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier and associate artistic director Michael Barrett on piano.


Stanislaw Moniuszko:
Nakaz niech ozywcze slonko (from Verbum Nobile)

Edward Pallasz:

Grazyna Bacewicz:
Oto jest noc
Smuga cienia
Boli mnie glowa ("I've got a headache")

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz:
Mów do mnie jeszcze

Mieczyslaw Weinberg:
Children's songs
Der Jeger
Oifn grinen bergele
Der yesoymes brivele

Stanislaw Moniuszko:
Piesn wieczorna

Karol Szymanowski:
Czasem, gdy d?ugo, na pó? sennie marz?
Auf See
Excerpts from Slopiewnie, Op. 46
Odesz?a? w pustyni? zachodni?
Zarzje, kuniu

Ignacy Jan Paderewski:
Piesn dudarza

Ned Rorem Steven Blier and Michael Barrett have hosted New York Festival of Song's signature series since founding NYFOS in 1988. Blier is a National Treasure, adored for his boundless knowledge of song, smart and funny stage commentary, meticulously researched program notes, and gift for imparting his passion to the singers he coaches. Barrett-the perfect foil for Blier-is a sublime and suave musician, the mastermind of Caramoor (2003-2012) and the Moab Music Festival (1992-today). These two have pioneered and explored the art of the thematic song recital. Their programs draw from repertoire across musical genres and styles; they delight in unearthing rarely heard songs, and programming familiar works in surprising contexts. Audiences come away inspired, smiling, lighter on their feet.

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