New York Festival of Song to feature Darius de Haas
The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) will continue its season with a program titled At Harlem's Height on Wednesday, February 23 at 8:00pm as part of
The performance celebrates the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance and will offer a musical portrait of
Program highlights will be The Joint Is Jumpin' by Andy Razaf, J. C. Johnson and "Fats" Waller; Song to the Dark Virgin by Langston Hughes and Florence Price; What's the Use by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Florence Price; the traditional I've Heard of a City Called Heaven arranged by Hall Johnson; You're Lucky to Me by Andy Razaf and Eubie Blake; Harlem Blues by W. C. Handy; My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More by Andy Razaf and Eubie Blake; Mo' Lasses by Alex Rogers and Charles "Luckey" Roberts; Black and Blue by Andy Razaf and "Fats" Waller; and What Harlem Is to Me by Andy Razaf and Russell Wooding.
Since it was launched in 1999, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today's singer-songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.
The New York Festival of Song brings a special energy to the once-faded form of the song recital, recreating it as a vibrantly entertaining theater experience meticulously researched and engagingly narrated by its two artistic directors, Michael Barrett and Steven Blier. Blier and Barrett's innovative, thematic programs present a broad repertoire of art songs, concert works, and theater pieces. NYFOS also supports and builds the American song repertoire by performing and commissioning new works and exploring seldom-heard music from the country's rich musical heritage.
Steven Blier, co-founder and artistic director of The New York Festival of Song, is a musician with extensive expertise in the art songs and popular music of many countries. For NYFOS he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than ninety vocal recitals. An accomplished accompanist and vocal coach, Mr. Blier has partnered in recital such renowned artists as Samuel Ramey, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Frederica von Stade and Jessye Norman, and appeared at Carnegie Hall with Cecilia Bartoli and throughout North America and Europe with Renée Fleming. Mr. Blier is on the faculty of the
Michael Barrett, co-founder and associate artistic director of The New York Festival of Song, is Chief Executive and General Director of the Caramoor Festival and also the musical director and founder of the Moab Music Festival in
James Martin, baritone, has performed throughout the United States Europe, apprenticing with the Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco's Merola program and Western Opera Theater Tour, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and educational work with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Recently he made his Den Norske Opera debut as Don Giovanni in
Dana Hanchard, soprano, has collaborated with many of today's most respected conductors and artists and in past seasons has appeared as a soloist singing Mahler's Fourth Symphony with New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting; played Nerone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with John Eliot Gardiner conducting; and later Poppea in the acclaimed Jonathan Miller production for Glimmerglass Opera. She was cast as Euridice in the Mark Morris production of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Edinburgh Festival in
Darius de Haas, tenor, has been on Broadway in Marie Christine, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Carousel, Rent and The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. He created the title role in Music Theatre Group's Running Man for which he received an Obie Award. Other credits include The Bacchae at the 92nd Street Y, Saturn Returns at The Public, Paper Mill Playhouse's Children of
Concert begins at 8 p.m.
Single ticket prices are $45, $30 and $20.
Tickets are available by phone at CenterCharge: (212) 721-6500.
Visit the NYFOS website at www.nyfos.org .