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"Their extensive
knowledge of the field,
the original research
that goes into each
creative program, the
well-wrought program
notes and their smart
from behind
the keyboard all combine
to create a sense of celebratory occasion
at every concert
they give."
—Andante Magazine


Art Song on the Couch:
Lieder in Freud's Vienna

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 , 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center,
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Janai Brugger, soprano; John Brancy, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists
In the early years of the 20th century German Lieder took on a 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 and Alma Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, and Alexander von Zemlinsky. Program below.

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.”

Watch a video of Janai and John rehearsing Mahler's "Erinnerung" >

Tickets: $40-55. Purchase online > or call 212.501.3330

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Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

Preview Performance:

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 1:30pm

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

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The Program

Erinnerung (Mahler)
Laue Sommernacht (Alma Mahler)

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (Wolf)
Die Geniale (Korngold)
Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (Wolf)
Mannesbangen (Schoenberg)
Nachtzauber (Wolf)
Frûhlingsfeier (Strauss)

Und hat der Tag all' seine Qual (Zemlinsky)
Der genügsamer Liebhaber (Schoenberg)
Das bucklichte Männlein (Zemlinsky)

Das Heldengrab am Pruth (Korngold)
Ophelia-Lieder (Strauss)
      Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb
      Guten Morgen ‘s ist Sankt Valentinstag
      Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss

Im Frühling (Wolf)
Ich sehe wie in einem Spiegel (Strauss)
Arie aus dem Spiegel aus Arkadien (Schoenberg)


All NYFOS programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYFOS Mainstage and NYFOS Next are funded, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.