NYFOS Trustee Recording Fund
Over its thirty one seasons, NYFOS has presented well over one hundred concerts, many of which brought neglected masterpieces to public attention and all of which have delighted and instructed our audiences in equal measure. The NYFOS Trustee Recording Fund has been established to make high quality recordings of these wonderful concerts permanently available to a wider audience — but we can’t do it without your help!
Steven and Michael have always considered it an indispensable aspect of their mission as performers and as advocates for vocal music in all its variety to preserve NYFOS performances, to which they and the singers devote so much care and effort. Until recently, however, we had neither the resources nor the technology to enable us to remaster our older live concert recordings. But now, for the first time, we have the opportunity to do so.
NYFOS’s Trustees feel so strongly about the value of this project that they have established a challenge grant that will match contributions earmarked for this specific endeavor. Contribute today and help give a second life to the NYFOS performances that have meant so much to you.
Or mail a check made out to ‘NYFOS’ to New York Festival of Song, 307 Seventh Avenue, #2004, New York, NY 10001, with a note designating your contribution towards the Recording Fund.
NYFOS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are deductible to the full extent of the law.
Tokens of Our Appreciation
Donors of $250 will receive a digital copy of a new recording.
Donors of $500 will receive CDs and digital copies of two recordings.
Donors of $1000 will receive a CD signed by an artist, and digital copies of the first three recordings made possible by the Fund.
Donors of $5000 will be credited by name in the liner notes of a CD, and receive a copy of that CD signed by an artist and digital copies of the first three recordings made possible by the Fund.
Prospective releases include:
– From Rags to Riches (March 2000), featuring Stephanie Blythe and William Burden, performing selections from one hundred years of American song, with composers ranging from Scott Joplin to Charles Ives and Eubie Blake to Randy Newman.
– Fugitives (November 2008), with Kate Lindsey and Joseph Kaiser, featuring the music of two generations of German and Austrian composers who fled to England and America as the Nazi threat choked off their freedom of expression.
– A Picnic Cantata by Paul Bowles (February 2017), paired with songs from our upcoming program featuring excerpts from Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer (November 2019).
– Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs of Gay Harlem (December 2019), a recent and critically-acclaimed program of music composed or popularized by artists from Harlem’s gay underground, including Billy Strayhorn, Porter Grainger, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter and many others.