NYFOS Presents 'A Modern Person’s Guide…' Sequel, 2/14 & 16
NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG-the group that "charms audiences with programs that combine meticulous research with an infectious strain of vocal hedonism" (The New York Times)-continues its 2011-12 season with a sequel to a favorite NYFOS program, A MODERN PERSON'S GUIDE TO HOOKING UP AND BREAKING UP on Tuesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 16 at 8:00PM at Merkin Concert Hall.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:00PM
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:00PM
Post-concert meet-the-artists wine reception open to all
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th St.)
$40–$55 for single tickets; student tickets $15
New this year: Real Deal Tickets – $25 Advance Purchase/"Pot Luck" Seating
Just in time for Valentine's Day, audiences can bring their best (or worst) date to Merkin Hall for a "quirky survey of the awkwardness, pain, lust and perversity of contemporary relationships" (The New York Times; read the complete review of the original 2008 production here.). NYFOS examines the full range of modern love with affection and humor through songs of Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, The Bobs, Noël Coward, Jason Robert Brown, Ed Kleban, and others. Subjects range from voyeurism, S&M, and ménages à trois, to good old-fashioned heart-to-heart love.
The program will feature a quartet of remarkable vocalists. Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, who appears with the Metropolitan Opera in April in a production of Manon, has been lauded by the Seattle Times for "her stage presence nothing short of magnetic." She will be joined by mezzo-soprano Liza Forrester, whose previous NYFOS appearances garnered her acclaim for using "her gracious presence to draw us breathlessly into each atmospheric scene" (Operaticus). Rounding out the cast of singers is the "solid and convincing" (New York Times) tenor Alex Mansoori and baritoneAndrew Garland, who appeared in this season's "In The Memory Palace" singing Gabriel Kahane's song cycle with a "voice full of beautifully tragic overtones (The Washington Post).
NYFOS is known for its bold programming, and A Modern Person's Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up is a classic example. It offers a wide range of repertoire in myriad styles, exhaustively researched and brilliantly programmed by Artistic Director Steven Blier, and performed by some of the best and brightest singers to be heard anywhere.
"New York Festival of Song reinvented the song recital." - The New Yorker
Program for A MODERN PERSON'S GUIDE TO HOOKING UP AND BREAKING UP:
may i feel said he (E.E. Cummings)
Standing on the Corner (Frank Loesser)
You'd Be Surprised (Irving Berlin)
The Girls of Summer (Stephen Sondheim)
KINKS AND INFIDELITIES
You're A Bad Influence On Me (Cole Porter)
The Masochism Tango (Tom Lehrer)
Do It Yourself (Ed Kleban)
MARRIAGES and COHABITATIONS
Bronxville Darby and Joan (Noël Coward)
When I Fall in Love (Victor Young)
Marry Me A Little (Stephen Sondheim)
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