Photo Coverage: Mostly Arlen...All Audra
Emceeing the show and accompanying McDonald on piano was Steven Blier, the artistic director of NYFOS, which has presented over 90 voice recitals since its founding in 1988 by Blier and pianist Michael Barrett. The festival has featured composers as diverse as Schubert, Porter, Weill, and Lennon and McCartney.
Harold Arlen, who is considered one of the great twentieth century composers of musicals and popular song, wrote music for the shows Bloomer Girl, House of Flowers and Jamaica as well as for the films The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born, among others; his songs included "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Let's Fall in Love" and many more.
For more information, visit www.nyfos.org
Audra McDonald and Steven Blier
Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song, and Steven Blier
Audra McDonald and company
Audra McDonald and Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein and on the NYFOS Board of Directors
Audra McDonald, Judy Goetz Sanger (on the NYFOS Board of Directors), and Sirgay Sanger