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Schubert: Who is Silvia?

Song of the Day turns 3 this week! Here’s a look back at our first week of songs (beginning June 15, 2015) from NYFOS’s artistic director Steven Blier.

I went out to Brooklyn last week and saw the Fiasco Theater’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was a magical night on every front: gorgeous weather, beautiful theater space (the magical Theater for a New Audience), and one of the freshest, most captivating performances I can remember. This very early Shakespeare play isn’t known for emotional depths or thematic complexity, but these actors (and their co-directors) found humor, charm, and clarity at every single moment of the drama. I loved it so much I’m going back to see it again this week before it closes on June 20 [2015]. Here’s the hit song from Two Gents, “Who Is Sylvia.” The Fiasco players do a charming doo-wop version; here’s the classic Schubert setting, sung by some great British musicians: The King’s Singers, and Janet Baker (with the very young Murray Perahia at the piano).

Roger Quilter: It was a lover and his lass

In anticipation of NYFOS’s program Lyrics by Shakespeare, performed on August 8 as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, we are featuring a week of songs inspired by Shakespeare on Song of the Day. Get your tickets today!

Today, before we reach full-blown summer in the city, a moment for Spring! While it’s Gene Wilder’s version of this text that gets stuck in my head each year at the first scent of hyacinth, let’s enjoy Roger Quilter’s more artful setting of “It was a lover and his lass”, performed by Dame Janet Baker and Gerald Moore.

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