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Cole Porter: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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. It will be held in the intimate Kaplan Penthouse so seating is limited; get your tickets today!


We close our week of music inspired by Shakespeare with some advice from Cole Porter. You’ll never hear the name ‘Coriolanus‘ quite the same way again!

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs

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. It will be held in the intimate Kaplan Penthouse so seating is limited; get your tickets today!


Wow, there are so many things that come up on youtube when you search for Shakespeare!  Lots of chaff and some interesting wheat, like this dreamy recording from 1977 of Three Shakespeare Songs (“Full Fathom Five”, “The Cloud-capp’d Towers”, and “Over Hill Over Dale”) by Ralph Vaughan Williams, sung by the vocal ensemble Swingle II.

Hector Berlioz: La mort d’Ophélie

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. It will be held in the intimate Kaplan Penthouse so seating is limited; get your tickets today!


Today’s Shakespeare song moves a bit further from his actual words, with an adaptation of this famous scene from Hamlet. Hector Berlioz sets Ernest-Wilfrid Legouvé’s text depicting the death of Ophelia, here performed by Anne Sofie von Otter with Cord Garben 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.

Song of the Day: June 16

from 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. 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).

 (King’s Singers)

 (Janet Baker/Murray Perahia)

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