I had hoped to get all of my NYFOS shows programmed by the end of summer. Labor Day came and went, and I still hadn’t finished them. In fact, my Tchaikovsky show was a complete blur. I felt as if I had let myself down, and was ready to drown my sorrows in a vat of Haägen-Dazs. But then two things happened. (1): I realized that summer isn’t actually over till September 21st, and (2): I woke up at 3 in the morning last Thursday, and in my sleep I’d figured out a fantastic way to do Pyotr the Great. I am declaring this a victory. Yes, I still have a few more songs to choose, but I am 85% of the way there. I am pretty sure that NYFOS audiences will get a chance to hear John Brancy belt out this beauty by Adam Guettel, albeit in a lower key. “Awaiting You” has all the Adam trademarks—a gorgeous harmonic progression, a lyric that provokes and stimulates, and a white-hot opulence that never fails to conquer me. Here is the unbridled Billy Porter, who gave the first performances of the song.
Adam Guettel: Awaiting You
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Called “the coolest dude in town” by Opera News, master collaborative pianist and coach Steven Blier is the co-founder and artistic director of New York Festival of Song. Here on No Song is Safe From Us, Steven blogs about the NYFOS Emerging Artist residencies, writes the engaging and erudite program notes for our Mainstage concerts, and contributes frequently to Song of the Day.