NYFOS Presents CUBANS IN PARIS, CUBANS AT HOME Tonight in Reston, VAC; 12/5 in NYC

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG, with Steven Blier, Artistic Director, and Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director, continues its 2013-14 Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center with "CUBANS IN PARIS, CUBANS AT HOME", featuring Cuban music's rich history in the concert halls, theaters, and nightclubs of two continents.

Featuring: Songs by Caturla, Lecuona, Mauri, Grenet plus excerpts from Moisés Simons' masterful 1934 operetta Toi C'est Moi.

Corinne Winters, soprano
Jeffrey Picón, tenor
Ricardo Herrera, baritone
Leonardo Granados, percussion
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

The concert is set for Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:00PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY. Tickets: $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 www.nyfos.org/cubans for more information.

The NYFOS troupe travels to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for a preview performance of CUBANS IN PARIS, CUBANS AT HOME (same cast, but with percussionist Danny Villanueva) on Tuesday, December 3, 8:00 pm as part of The Centerstage, 2013-2014 Professional Touring Artist Series at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA. Tickets $40 for the public, $20 for Reston residents. More information online.

From NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier: "How refreshing to return to the music of Cuba in all its guises-dance tunes, art song, the tangiest zarzuelas in the repertoire, and even a mixed-breed French/Cuban operetta. Many of our composers also became denizens of Paris, where they entertainEd Gallic audiences on a cabaret-lined street that became known as Rue des Cubains. What a joy to be reunited with my colleagues Ricardo Herrera and Jeffrey Picón-they pretty much taught me how this music goes-and the ultra-glamorous Corinne Winters, whose luscious soprano seems to know no stylistic boundaries. It will be my first time onstage with percussionist Leonardo Granados, the real deal when it comes to Latin rhythm. With these musicians on hand, the evening promises to be a musical mojito."

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, and Eliseo Grenet. The show will also present songs by Moisés Simons, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C'est Moi.

The evening stars a trio of powerfully communicative singers: Jeffrey Picón andRicardo Herrera, who make long-awaited returns to the NYFOS stage; and Corinne Winters, who made her European debut earlier this year tocountless rave reviews. BBC Music Magazine wrote: "Corinne Winters delivered a performance of white-hot intensity and consummate control." Winters is also scheduled to release an album of Spanish song-Basque, Catalan, Castilian, and Sephardic-with NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier in 2014, on the GPR label.

These three singers will be joined by Blier and associate artistic director Michael Barrett on piano, as well as Venezuelan percussionist Leonardo Granados (Danny Villanueva in Reston, VA).

Tickets are $40-$55 for the public, $10 for students. A limited number of advance purchase $20 Real Deal tickets are available. Purchase online at www.nyfos.org or by calling the Merkin box office at (212) 501-3330. A complementary wine reception with the artists will follow the performance.


I: POPULAR SONG (Lecuona and others)
Canción Karabalí
Damisela encatadora
Lamento esclavo

II: ART SONG (Caturla)
Bito Manué
Juego santo

Rosa la China (Lecuona)
Mi vida es cantar (Grenet)
Perdida para siempre la esperanza (Mauri)

IV: Excerpts from TOI C'EST MOI by Moisés Simons
C'est ça l'amour
Toi c'est moi
Entre copains

Marta (Simons)
Son de la loma (Miguel Matamoros)

More On: Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, Danny Villa, Ed Gall, Alejandro Garcia, Ernesto Lecuona.

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