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Songs of Hoagy Carmichael, W.C. Handy, Harry Revel/Noble Sissle at 10/13 "Where We Come From"
(Published: September 17, 2009)

Kaufman Center and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS, www.nyfos.org) will present "Where We Come From" on Tuesday October 13, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center. This concert, which opens NYFOS's 22nd season, celebrates the festival's newly formed Artist Council with a musical journey that explores the backgrounds, the birthplaces, and the artistic homes of the cast, a team of highly acclaimed singers, ranging from Russia to Canada, and covering a wide swath of the United States. Founded by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett in 1988, New York Festival of Song, "redefined the song recital with daring and dramatic programming," (The New Yorker).

The great variety of music featured will include songs by Hoagy Carmichael, W.C. Handy and Harry Revel and Noble Sissle, as well as classical music.

Single ticket prices at Merkin Concert Hall are $40 to $55 and a limited number of $15 student tickets are available by calling NYFOS at (646) 230-8380. Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center is at 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10023. Discounted 2009-2010 subscription packages are still available as well. For all ticket information, visit www.kaufman-center.org, or call (212) 501-3330.

Where We Come From features performance styles spanning art song, vocal chamber music, blues, music theater, and popular song. The artists include: Paul Appleby, tenor (winner of last spring's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and praised in Opera News for his "knockout performance" last season with NYFOS); Amy Burton, soprano (featured at the Metropolitan Opera and called "luminous" by The New York Times); Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano (acclaimed for her performances of Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic at the Metropolitan and English National Operas, and called "genuine magic" by Opera Today); Sari Gruber, soprano ("Sensational." - Opera Magazine); Dina Kuznetsova, soprano ("A brilliant Tatiana." at the Chicago Lyric Opera - Chicago Sun); Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano (the Metropolitan Opera artist called "profoundly moving" by The New York Times in NYFOS's Fugitives program last season); James Martin, baritone ("Excellent, engaging." - The New York Times); and baritone William Sharp, baritone (praised by The New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer" and featured on NYFOS's Grammy-winning recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles). NYFOS's Steven Blier ("A national treasure when it comes to the art of song" - The New York Times) and Michael Barrett (also General Director of the renowned Caramoor Festival) will be pianists/hosts.

The artists in the concert are members of a new company project: The Artist Council. Council members will contribute their time and expertise to NYFOS in programming, consulting and advocacy.

More Information: http://www.kaufman-center.org


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