Ned Is Ninety
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, Francis Poulenc, and Virgil Thomson. Mr. Rorem will be the guest of honor.
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.
Performed without intermission.
STEVEN BLIER is the Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), which he co-founded in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festival’s inception, he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than 130 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney. NYFOS has also made in-depth explorations of music from Spain, Latin America, Scandinavia and Russia. New York Magazine gave NYFOS an award for Best Classical Programming, while Opera News proclaimed Blier “the coolest dude in town.”
Associate Artistic Director MICHAEL BARRETT started NYFOS in 1987 with his friend and colleague Steven Blier. Mr. Barrett was Chief Executive and General Director of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts from 2003-2012, and will continue at Caramoor as Artistic Advisor for the coming season. In 1992, he co-founded the Moab Music Festival with his wife, violist Leslie Tomkins. From 1994 to 1997, he was the Director of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
This season, rising star mezzo-soprano KATE LINDSEY returns to the Seattle Opera as Nicklauss in Les Contes d'Hoffman and the Bayerische Staatsoper as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She also sings her first performances of Berlizoz' La Damnation de Faust with the Utah Symphony and appears in concert with the Richmond Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Boston Baroque. Ms. Lindsey has already appeared in many of the world’s prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, the Aix-en-Provence, Festival, Lille Opera, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. Her repertoire includes Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Idamante in Idomeneo, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, Kompanist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Nicklausse/The Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She also created the title role in the premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia at the Seattle Opera.
American baritone ANDREW GARLAND has been praised for his “coloratura [which] bordered on the phenomenal as he dashed through the music’s intricacies with his warm baritone, offering plenty of elegance and glamour in his smooth acting.” His latest recording, Andrew Garland: American Portraits (2013) debuted at # 1 on Amazon.com.
Now in its 26th season, NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (NYFOS) is dedicated to creating intimate song concerts of great beauty and originality, weaving music, poetry, history and humor into unforgettable evenings of compelling theater. Each seamless evening of song and story engages, entertains, educates and fosters community among artists and audiences in a spirit of shared adventure. Everyone has a primal need to be sung to; NYFOS was made to meet that need.
Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Musician Fund.
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Friday, November 1, 2013 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium