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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

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Each will be followed by a complimentary wine reception with the artists.

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Single tickets available after July 5.

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Take Care of This House:  A Bernstein Celebration

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 8pm
Chelsea Shephard, soprano
Amanda Lynn Bottoms and Annie Rosen, mezzo-sopranos
Miles Mykkanen, tenor; Justin Austin, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianist; percussionists to be announced

As part of the world "Bernstein at 100" celebration, NYFOS offers a Leonard Bernstein musical extravaganza. This concert features a rare performance of the maestro's Bicentennial ensemble work, Songfest, which premiered forty years ago in the nation's capital. Set to an eclectic array of poems by some of America's most beloved writers including Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Conrad Aiken, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman, Songfest captures the composer at the dazzling peak of his powers: a kaleidoscopic view of the American experience told through the passionate voices of insiders, outsiders, artists, ex-patriates, married couples, and kids. The program also surveys Bernstein's most beloved works written for Broadway and the concert hall.

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Protest
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 8pmMikaela Bennett and Christine Taylor Price, sopranos; Joshua Blue, tenor
Dimitri Katotakis and Jacob Scharfman, baritones; Andrew Munn, bass
Jack Gulielmetti, guitar; Steven Blier and Christopher Reynolds, piano
Music has long been a source of comfort and courage for oppressed communities. Tonight's songs—defiant, passionate, ironictouch on some of the hot-button issues in today's news. Latinx, Muslims, Jews, the LGBTQ community, people exiled from their own countries, and the earth itself all take an eloquent stand for equality, peace, rationality, and inclusion. The music ranges from Blitzstein and Joni Mitchell to Randy Newman and Mohammed Fairouz—a panorama of voices from around the world.

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British Isles
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8pm

Caramoor's 2018 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

This program of British songs offers four centuries of wit, sentiment, and a uniquely European soulfulness. The wide-ranging program has it all: a bawdy lute song from the Renaissance, an aria by an English student of Mozart, a quintessential bit of topsy-turvy from Gilbert and Sullivan, songs by Britten and Quilter, a raft of beautiful ballads, and dessert courses by Noel Coward and the Beatles.
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A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 8pm

We celebrate the end of our 30th season with a special evening that recalls our long history and looks ahead to the future. Joining Blier and Barrett on stage will be NYFOS alums, sharing their memories and entertaining us with song. Those confirmed at this date include Julia Bullock, Antonina Chehovska, Theo Hoffman, and John Brancy.
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All Programs and Artists Subject to Change.

All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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