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"Their extensive
knowledge of the field,
the original research
that goes into each
creative program, the
well-wrought program
notes and their smart
repartee
from behind
the keyboard all combine
to create a sense of celebratory occasion
at every concert
they give."
—Andante Magazine

 

From Rags to Riches

100 Years of American Song—from MacDowell to Musto, Berlin to Bernstein, Griffes to Gordon—offers a panoramic view of how we lived in the twentieth century. Composers include Joplin, Cook, Ives, Barber, Blitzstein, Sondheim, de Blasio, Bolcom, and others. Performed by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and tenor William Burden, accompanied by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, piano.
Part I
Joplin: Pineapple Rag
Cook: My Lady Frog
Griffes: Evening Song
Ives: Tom Sails Away
Gershwin: Oh Gee, Oh Joy
Blitzstein: Nickel under the Foot; Stay in My Arms
Blake: Hit the Road, You Bumblebee
Weill: Thousands of Miles
Bernstein: Wrong Note Rag; Some Other Time; Lonely Town

Part II
Rodgers: Take the Moment
Monk: 'Round Midnight
Sondheim: The Ballad of Booth
Newman: Marie
Larson: Hosing the Furniture
Bolcom: New York Lights
Traditional: How Can I Keep from Singing
Blitzstein: Monday Morning Blues; The New Suit (Zipperfly); Then; I Wish It So