New York Festival of Song Announces 2014-15 Season - ART SONG ON THE COUCH, HARLEM RENAISSANCE and More

New York Festival of Song Announces 2014-15 Season - ART SONG ON THE COUCH, HARLEM RENAISSANCE and More

New York Festival of Song announces 2014-15 season. Four Great Series Return Classic: NYFOS MAINSTAGE at Merkin Concert Hall (4 concerts) Future: NYFOS NEXT at Opera America's National Opera Center (3 concerts) Cabaret: NYFOS AFTER HOURS at Henry's Restaurant (3 concerts) Mentoring: NYFOS EMERGING ARTISTS at North Fork, Juilliard, Caramoor (3 concerts)

Album Release

Corinne Winters and Steven Blier collaborate on
Canción amorosa: Songs of Spain


The original thematic song party
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 pm
The psychological & musical complexity of German Lieder
Songs by Wolf, Mahler, Schoenberg, Strauss, Zemlinsky, Schreker
With Janai Brugger, soprano; John Brancy, baritone

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00 pm
One of NYFOS's most popular programs returns after a decade
Songs by Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn,
W. C. Handy, J. Rosamond Johnson, William Grant Still, Florence Price
Readings of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar
With Julia Bullock, soprano; Darius de Haas, tenor; James Martin, baritone

Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Italian song paired with songs by Italian-Americans
Music by Verdi, Leoncavallo, Pizzetti, Busoni,
Catalani, Musto, Corigliano, Argento, and many others
With Caramoor's 2015 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Tuesday, April 28, 8:00 pm
Inspiration from the poetry of Spain
Songs by Shostakovich, Taneyev, Wolf, Schumann, Bolcom,
Montsalvage, Granados, and many others
With Corinne Winters, soprano; Theo Lebow, tenor; Alexey Lavrov, baritone


The 3-part mini-series becomes a February festival
Tuesdays at 7:00pm
At OPERA America's National Opera Center
Each salon is curated and hosted by a living composer
February 3: TBA
February 10: Paul Moravec & Friends
February 17: Bright Sheng & Friends


Unplugged cabaret featuring Blier & the gang
Monday nights at HENRY's Restaurant on Broadway & 105th
$10 Cover, 10:00pm Start Time
October 3: Crystal Anniversary Cabaret for HENRY's
December 15: A Goyishe Christmas to You!
May 4: Great American Songwriting Teams


With three residencies, NYFOS deepens its commitment to
mentoring and showcasing the next generation of young artists
August 24: NYFOS@North Fork
Gabriel Kahane's Craigslistlieder and Other Love Songs
Poquatuck Hall in Orient, NY
January 14: NYFOS@Juilliard
Great American Songwriting Teams
Peter Jay Sharp Theater in NYC
March 15: NYFOS@Caramoor
Bel Canto/Can Belto
Caramoor Center in Katonah, NY


NYFOS hits the road with shows in Boston at the Gardner Museum, Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and Reston, Virginia.
November 9: Art Song on the Couch
(Gardner Museum, Boston, MA)
December 5: Harlem Renaissance
(Reston Community Center, Reston, VA)
April 30: Letters from Spain
(Vocal Arts DC, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.)

Artistic Director Steven Blier talks about the new season:
"Anticipating the 27th season of NYFOS reminds me of how I used to feel as a kid when I was promised an excursion to F.A.O. Schwartz, New York's legendary toy store. I think first of the composers: Shostakovich and Strauss-Fats Waller andRichard Rodgers-Gabriel Kahane and Paul Moravec-an orgy of musical delight. And then, the singers. NYFOS takes special pride in bringing to the MainStage some of the superb talents we first nurtured as Emerging Artists: Corinne Winters, John Brancy, Theo Lebow and Julia Bullock, all of whom have become sought-after stars on the international scene. We're also welcoming Darius de Haas and James Martin back home, and introducing our audiences to Janai Brugger and Alexey Lavrov, two of today's most eloquent performers and charismatic voices.

In the meantime, our training programs on Long Island, atJuilliard, and at Caramoor are in full, radiant flower; our cabaret series delights sold-out crowds at Henry's Restaurant; and our NYFOS Next offers evenings with three prize-winning contemporary composers. We are in full flight: NYFOS is still 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."

T H E ' 1 4 / 1 5 S E A S O N


Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street
All three concerts begin at 8:00PM
Steven Blier & Michael Barrett, pianos
$140-$200 Subscriptions for Entire Series
$40-$55 for Single Tickets; $10 for Student Tickets
$20 for Real Deal Tickets: Advance Purchase, Limited Availability and Seating
Purchase tickets online at
or by calling (212) 501 3330.

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. "An evening of transporting theatre-with music." (The New York Times)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 8:00pm

Janai Brugger / John Brancy

In the early years of the 20th century German Lieder took on new psychological and musical complexity: Gustav Mahler had a life-changing encounter with Sigmund Freud; Richard Strauss's Ophelia-Lieder brought Shakespeare's heroine into the analyst's office; and German art song entered a new Golden Age fueled by dreams and hidden desires. Drawing on the evolving musical language of the era, the piano becomes the singer's unconscious mind in the music of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Alexander von Zemlinsky,Franz Schreker, and others.

American soprano Janai Brugger, winner of both Placido Domingo's Operalia competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, makes her NYFOS debut. Opera News has described Brugger as "Gifted with a supple, beautifully shaded lyric soprano...who knows the value of economy and clarity," and Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times hailed her as "a rapturous Pamina ready for prime time." The rising star John Brancy, an artist nurtured by NYFOS, is also featured on the program. Brancy is the 2013 Winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition and has been hailed by The New York Times as "a vibrant, resonant presence" and a "dashing, strong voiced baritone."


Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8:00pm

Julia Bullock / James Martin / Darius de Haas

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, NYFOS brings back one of its most beloved shows-a program that celebrates the explosion of African-American music and literature between the two World Wars. Awakening the world to the creative power of black America, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller,Billy Strayhorn, and W. C. Handy led the way in jazz clubs and on Broadway, while J. Rosamond Johnson, William Grant Still, and Florence Pricecreated a haunting repertoire for the recital stage. The program also features readings from the era's iconic poets and novelists, including Langston Hughesand Paul Laurence Dunbar.

NYFOS first presented this critically acclaimed program in the 2001-02 season. "NYFOS may be the most reliably excellent musical organization in New York. What orchestra, ensemble or opera company can make every show so special or count on such meticulous research, such infallible humor and such a sure sense of style?" wrote critic Justin Davidson in Newsday. The production went on to tour the U.S., with stops in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, and DC (Library of Congress).

The "ravishingly visceral" soprano Julia Bullock (The New York Times), a fast-rising star who won the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, is the new addition to the cast, joined by original cast members tenor Darius de Haas and baritone James Martin. De Haas and Martin, both longtime NYFOS friends and collaborators, were praised in the original production, de Haas for his "impeccable charisma and technique," and Martin, "who croons with the best of them and does a mean soft-shoe besides, veered from the solemn to the silly without breaking a sweat"(Newsday).


Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 8:00pm
featuring Caramoor's Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
An exploration of Italian song from the Romantic era to the beginnings of Neo-Realism, paired with songs by Italian-Americans. Music by Giuseppe Verdi,Pietro Mascagni, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ferruccio Busoni, Alfredo Catalani, John Musto, John Corigliano, Dominick Argento, Harry Warren.

This performance marks the seventh annual residency of NYFOS at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and features members of Caramoor's Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. Past graduates of this program-including Joélle Harvey, Paul Appleby, John Brancy, Julia Bullock, Tobias Greenhalgh, Theo Lebow, Carlton Ford, Andrew Owens, Corinne Winters, and Sarah Larsen-are now enjoying busy international careers.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 8:00pm

Corinne Winters / Theo Lebow / Alexey Lavrov

The poetry of Spain has inspired composers around the world, eliciting some of their most colorful and rhythmically alluring songs. Touring through Russia, Germany, France, and America before flying home to Spain, this new program samples the music of her greatest songwriters. Music from Dmitri Shostakovich's Spanish Songs, Robert Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel, William Bolcom'sCanciones de Lorca, and works by Sergei Taneyev, Hugo Wolf, Peter Lieberson, Xavier Montsalvage, Enrique Granados, and many others.

Soprano Corinne Winters, acclaimed by Opera News for her "passionate lyricism and deep burgundy coloring," is set to make debuts over the coming seasons with Covent Garden, Washington National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opernhaus Zürich, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, and others. She joins NYFOS once again, following the release of her new album with Steven Blier, Corinne Winters: Canción Amorosa/Songs of Spain (See full details for the release below).

Joining Winters is a pair of dynamic young men. Tenor Theo Lebow returns to NYFOS following the 2012-13 season performance of Songs of the Midnight Sun,part of NYFOS's residency at Caramoor, while baritone Alexey Lavrov makes his NYFOS debut. Lavrov is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and returns to the Met this upcoming season as Schaunard in La Bohème and as Silvio in the new production of Pagliacci. Mr. Lavrov appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.