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"How many concerts
have the narrative
power of exciting
theater?
How
many concerts
offer such a rich
sense of discovering
new and vital music?
This is what we want all
concerts to be, though
we know it rarely
happens. An evening
of discovery and
enchantment,
a
reminder of how
illuminating a journey
a great song can be."
— NY Daily News

 

 

NYFOS Mainstage

Presented by Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
with New York Festival of Song

Thank you for making our 2013-14 season such a success!
Dates for the 2014-15 season and subscription order information will be posted soon.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
All concerts will be performed without intermission and last approximately 90 minutes except where noted. Each will be followed by a complimentary wine reception with the artists.
Tickets: $40–$55 for single tickets; student tickets $10

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More Party Time! Join us for post-concert receptions. Learn more >

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Past concerts:

Ned is Ninety

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 8pm
Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Garland, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

A musical birthday party for American icon Ned Rorem. Highlights from his half-century career as a songwriter, along with music by his friends and inspirations: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor.




From Steven Blier, Artistic Director

"It is an honor and privilege to celebrate Ned Rorem, who reached out to NYFOS in its early days. Since the beginning Ned has been a beacon of support to Michael and me, constantly affirming our belief in the power of words and music. Immersing myself in Ned's writing and songs, I have an even deeper appreciation for the beautiful enigma of this man. Pristine surfaces reveal hidden rumblings, ironic distance suddenly gives way to passion, sweetness conceals roiling conflict. Ned loves to speak in riddles--"Which of my musician friends should be on the evening with me? Definitely Theodore Chanler." (Pause.) "Of course, I never knew him." Ned spins you around, but he has an odd way of leading you to his truth--and your own truth in the process."

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Soprano Corinne Winters

Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8pm
Corinne Winters, soprano; Jeffrey Picón, tenor;
Ricardo Herrera, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists
Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s and found a special welcome in Paris. This program straddles the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater with music by Caturla, Lecuona, Mauri, Roig, and Grenet, and features excepts from Moises Simóns' masterful 1934 operetta Toi C'est Moi.

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Warsaw Serenade
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 8pm
Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists
Warsaw's musical culture thrived in the mid-twentieth century, nurturing many gifted composers whose ultra-Romantic music was overlooked in the post-war years. This program celebrates the haunting beauty and unique tonal language of Polish giants Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Weinberg, and others.

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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.