an evening of South American song
GRACIAS A LA VIDA
Tuesday, December 5, 8pm | Tickets
A musical tour of South America, with songs from Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. The program features Ecuadorian tenor César Andrés Parreño and Bolivian soprano Shelén Hughes, with Steven Blier as pianist and host.
Complimentary reception with the artists following the concert in the upper lobby.
an annual favorite — one night only!
A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
Tuesday, December 12, 7pm | Tickets
NEW VENUE: Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST)
130 West 30th Street, NYC
NYFOS’s beloved holiday tradition: Yuletide songs by Jewish composers. Featuring old favorites — plus some more unusual fare — performed by the most festive of NYFOS elves: vocalists Donna Breitzer, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, Joshua Jeremiah, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Alex Mansoori, and Lauren Worsham, with Alan R. Kay on clarinet and Steven Blier as pianist, arranger, and host. more info.
the latest from the NYFOS archives
Franz Schubert’s AUF DER BRUCK
feat. Brett Polegato & Steven Blier | Listen
In Franz Schubert’s Auf der Bruck, a man gallops through the night in the hopes of a tryst with his girlfriend. It is one of Schubert’s most thrilling and most difficult songs—four minutes of pounding chords in the right hand over booming octaves in the bass, kind of ‘Schubert channels Jerry Lee Lewis.’ The vocal line is a challenge too, and the Canadian baritone Brett Polegato nailed it. He was just at the beginning of his career when we performed this—and nowadays he’s singing at the Met! — Steven Blier
This archival single was sponsored by longtime friends of NYFOS Peter Kazaras and Armin Baier. Thank you, Peter and Armin, for helping NYFOS Records to bring this performance to the world.
MI PAÍS: SONGS OF ARGENTINA
feat. Federico De Michelis & Steven Blier
“Mi país: Songs of Argentina is the realization of a dream, a dive into the spellbinding delicacy of its art songs as well as the sultry five o’clock shadow of its tangos.” — Steven Blier. Learn more
The 2023-24 Season
Subscriptions still available!
MERKIN HALL, RESIDENCIES, & MORE!
From South American song to Carole King, from Renaissance polyphony to world premieres, the 36th season at NYFOS is full of beauty, surprise, and delight.
Order your subscription to the remaining three concerts of our Mainstage series at Merkin Hall today. The opportunity to mingle with the artists at post-concert gatherings is included with every ticket. More info.
We can’t wait to see you there!
BLACK & BLUE
a solo album from NYFOS Records!
the debut album of tenor Joshua Blue with pianist Steven Blier
Recorded at Big Orange Sheep in November 2022, and produced by Steven Blier and Jonathan Estabrooks, Black & Blue explores themes of racial equality and human resilience, in songs spanning over five decades. The disc includes two songs receiving their first-ever recordings: Freedom Train and Negrita. Joshua Blue performs together with NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier at the piano, showcasing their long-standing artistic relationship. Learn more
Released in digital and physical formats on March 31, 2023, debuting at #3 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart!
Now streaming on all major platforms! Listen now!
“…incredible skill and flawless delivery.” — Take Effect Reviews
A Rare Masterpiece
a new EP from NYFOS Records coming soon!
A PICNIC CANTATA
a midcentury masterwork by Paul Bowles
This seven-movement work balances sensuality with innocence and lightness with hints of foreboding. Bowles’ music dips into the exotic sounds of Morocco and Ceylon, Poulenc-style post-impressionism, and pure American tunefulness to paint the journey, and Schuyler’s libretto melds the directness of Gertrude Stein with the fantasy of Maurice Sendak, allowing simple things to become paradoxical and mysterious. Learn more
a favorite from the NYFOS stage joins our label
feat. Sasha Cooke and Steven Blier
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dedicated to sharing extraordinary live performances from our extensive archives, as well as new studio recordings with some of today’s most exciting voices.
FROM RAGS TO RICHES
feat. Stephanie Blythe, William Burden, Steven Blier
In an extraordinary live performance from The Kaye Playhouse in the year 2000. Released in digital and physical formats on January 28, 2022. Learn more
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“If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending an NYFOS concert, now is your chance to hear what the fuss is about”
FROM THE ARCHIVES
an anonymous early Latin American art song
feat. Jennifer Aylmer, Oren Fader, James Saporito, and Steven Blier
Created by an unknown composer and poet around 1780, this sweet Spanish-language tune is a cautionary tale of the dangers of indulgence.
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