American Iconoclasts III: Ned Rorem
Brooklyn Art Song Society Honors Living Legend Ned Rorem
What: American Iconoclasts III: Ned Rorem
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Friday, January 4th, 2019 7:30PM
Who: Sarah Brailey, soprano; Annie Rosen; mezzo-soprano; Steven Eddy, baritone; Dashon Barton, bass-baritone; Michael Brofman, Daniel Schlosberg, Daniel Zelibor, piano
Program: Poems of Love and the Rain, War Scenes, Selected Songs
Brooklyn Art Song Society kicks off the new year on Friday, January 4th with a celebration of the songs of Ned Rorem. Rorem was one of the most prolific American song composers, single-handedly re-invigorating the form during his years in Paris in the 1950s and 60s. The program presents two of the composers greatest cycles, War Scenes on texts by Walt Whitman and the epic Poems of Love and the Rain, alongside iconic stand-alone songs like Early in the Morning and My Papas Waltz. Bass-baritone Dashon Barton (Grammy-winning Room Full of Teeth) makes his BASS debut alongside soprano Sarah Brailey (Lorelei Ensemble), mezzo soprano Annie Rosen (Chicago Lyric Opera), and baritone Steven Eddy (winner, Joy in Singing). Russell Platt, former Classical Music editor for the New Yorker and Rorem student, gives a pre-concert lecture which includes performances of Mr. Platts songs.
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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