American Iconoclasts II: Samuel Barber
Brooklyn Art Song Society Continues American Iconoclasts with the Songs of Samuel Barber
What: American Iconoclasts II: Samuel Barber
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Friday, November 2nd, 2018 7:30PM
Who: Lucy Fitz-Gibbon, soprano; Samantha Malk, mezzo-soprano; Steven Eddy,
Mario Diaz-Moresco, Brian Mextorf, baritone; Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, piano; Members of PhiloSonia
Program: The Daisies Op. 2 no. 1, Dover Beach Op. 3, 3 Songs Op. 10, 4 Songs Op. 13, Hermit Songs Op. 29, Despite and Still Op. 41, 3 Songs Op. 45
On Friday, November 2nd, Brooklyn Art Song Society presents part two of its ambitious series American Iconoclasts featuring the songs of Samuel Barber. A member of the first graduating class from the Curtis Institute, Barber was the leading composer of the neo-Romantic movement that dominated American music in the middle of the 20th-century. His melodic gift and lush harmonic palette are on full display in some of his best-known songs, including Sure on this Shining Night and Dover Beach. The performers include BASS favorites soprano Lucy Fitz-Gibbon, baritone Steven Eddy (Winner, Joy in Singing) and pianist Spencer Myer. Composer Nick DiBeradino gives a free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM.
About American Iconoclasts:
This season Brooklyn Art Song Society explores Americas vast musical heritage through the songs of five uniquely American voices: Charles Ives, the Visionary; Samuel Barber, the Romantic; Ned Rorem; the Master Aaron Copland, the Populist; and George Gershwin, the Jazzman.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society:
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its ninth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2018, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Its mission is to preserve art songs direct expressiveness and emotional honesty for todays audience and future generations.
The New York Times called BASS a company well worth watching and Voce di Meche hailed, as long as BASS is around we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA. Opera News writes, Brooklyn Art Song Society keeps the intimate recital alive with innovative programming, and the New Yorker praised BASS as invaluable and uncompromisingly dedicated to continuing the traditions of classical art song, both old and new.
BASSs innovative and ambitious programming has reached thousands of audience members- lifelong classical music and first-time concert-goers alike. Past programs include performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Hugo Wolf, and multi-concert surveys of the art song canon including Britannica, Wien, and La France. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with and premiered works by important living composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, David Ludwig, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Kurt Rohde, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, Scott Wheeler, and Yehudi Wyner, In May 2015, BASS released its first album, New Voices on Roven Records, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts.
Highlights from this season include the five-concert series American Iconoclasts, two world- premiere commissions by acclaimed composers Daniel Felsenfeld and James Mattheson, a presentation of Hugo Wolfs complete Morike-Lieder with legendary pianist Martin Katz, and an artist residency at Ithaca College. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME, San Francisco, and Seattle and has held residencies at University of Notre Dame, University of California-Davis, and University of Chicago. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue and present a free annual concert at the Brooklyn Public Library. BASSs artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.
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128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201