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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



Ned Is Ninety

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center,
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Garland, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists
Ned Rorem, the last of the great American song composers of the post-war era, turns 90 on October 23. NYFOS has enjoyed a long and fruitful history with Rorem, and marks this occasion with a musical birthday party. The program—tied together with excerpts from Rorem's famed diaries from New York, Paris and Nantucket—features highlights from his half-century career as a songwriter, along with music by his friends and inspirations: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Noël Coward, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor. The program >

The "agile, vivacious" Kate Lindsey (The New York Times) returns to NYFOS alongside NYFOS regular Andrew Garland, "a highly communicative performer with an attractive, clear, ringing tone, who has wowed New York Festival of Song audiences" (Opera News). Garland has an acclaimed new CD out, American Portraits, which features four contemporary song cycles by American composers.

Critical Acclaim: Reviews and Preview Features

The Financial Times > The New York Times >
NewMusicBox > New York Classical Review >
The Boston Musical Intelligencer > ClassicalTV >
[Q]OnStage > Operatugy >
The New York Times preview > Opera News preview >
The Philadelphia Inquirer preview > TimeOut New York preview >
WQXR's Q2 Music preview webcast >  


Performed without intermission; approx. 90 min
Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

Preview Performances:

Friday, November 1, 2013, 8pm

Brown University, Providence, RI

Sunday, November 3, 2013, 1:30pm
Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

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All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, 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.