New York Festival Of Song Presents LYRICS BY SHAKESPEARE, At Merkin Hall

New York Festival Of Song Presents LYRICS BY SHAKESPEARE, At Merkin Hall

This concert is a co-presentation with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center From NYFOS artistic director/co-founder/pianist/host Steven Blier: "Lyrics by Shakespeare has a double significance for me: it was the first concert we ever did at NYFOS in 1988, and it also marked our debut at Mostly Mozart last summer (with the present cast, in a magical evening). Naomi O'Connell and Matt Boehler are eloquent singing actors, and they formed a deep bond with Kathleen Chalfant, a gentle giant of the American theater. The enduring power of Shakespeare's poetry has taken us all to the heights-singers, pianist, actress, as well as our international roster of composers. We knew we had to get the team back together to share it with our Merkin Hall audience, and are reconvening with great joy (and a few new songs too)."

Left to Right: Naomi Louisa O'Connell, Matt Boehler, Kathleen Chalfant NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG-the "engaging, ever-curious series" (The New York Times)-revisits the very first program it ever presented: Lyrics By Shakespeare. This highly popular program, which explores the Bard's influence on music over the centuries, returned last August in a sold-out performance presented by Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.

The 75-minute evening illuminates Shakespeare's classic poetry with musical settings by Berlioz, Dankworth, Kabalevsky, Poulenc, Sondheim, and others.

NYFOS brings back two singers who are not only refined vocalists, but also superb actors: mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O'Connell and bass Matt Boehler. Both are blessed with a theatrical imagination, and their chemistry with the great actress Kathleen Chalfant and pianist Steven Blier is magical.

NYFOS: LYRICS BY SHAKESPEARE


THE PROGRAM (subject to change)

If music be the food of love
John Dankworth: If music be the food of love
Who is Sylvia?
Dick Hyman: Who is Sylvia?

Ralph Vaughn Williams: Orpheus with his lute
Gerald Finzi: It was a lover and his lass
Roger Quilter: Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Francis Poulenc: Fancy
Queen Gertrude's monologue
Hector Berlioz: La mort d'Ophélie

Shakespeare Sonnet "O, that you were yourself..."
Dmitri Kabalevsky: Shakespeare Sonnet #13
Shakespeare Sonnet "Cupid laid by his brand..."
Dmitri Kabalevsky: Shakespeare Sonnet #153
Shakespeare Sonnet "Music to hear..."
Dmitri Kabalevsky: Shakespeare Sonnet #8

Richard Strauss: Ophelia-Lieder
Interleaved with
Johannes Brahms: Ophelia's Songs

Sigh No More, Ladies
Virgil Thomson: Sigh no more, ladies
Stephen Sondheim: Fear no more
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
John Dankworth: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
John Dankworth: Dunsinane Blues

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