written by

Steven Blier

Artistic Director, NYFOS
NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 2

NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 2

This year’s program is called “Gracias a la vida: Songs of Latin America,” chosen to show off the gifts of my two Spanish-speaking singers, César Parreño and Shelén Hughes. But our concert also includes three Brazilian songs in Portuguese, and we’d need a language...

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NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 1

NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 1

Since the pandemic I have come to place a high value on two contradictory things; my alone time, and my musical communion with colleagues. The annual NYFOS@North Fork concert comes at the end of August, just when my need for alone time is at its most intense. I yearn...

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The Wider View: Songs by Black Composers

The Wider View: Songs by Black Composers

Like many pianists in my field, I’ve had the Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers on my shelf for decades. NYFOS has made good use of it over the years, often programming those concert pieces alongside popular songs by Eubie Blake and Fats Waller. It was...

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NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 7

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 7

I had a remarkable moment onstage yesterday. I have not, in truth, loved performing very much in recent months, for reasons too complicated and perhaps too unknown for me to explain. But yesterday at Caramoor, I felt the magic of musical communion with an audience...

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Program Notes: Love Songs in 176 Keys

Program Notes: Love Songs in 176 Keys

When I was a child, my favorite part of every lesson was the last five minutes when I got to play duets with my teacher. We’d rip through Schubert’s Marche Militaire or the four-hand piano reduction of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, and I was in heaven. Sure, I liked...

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NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 6

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 6

We had to move our dress rehearsal from Caramoor to my house. The weather was predicted to be bad—yesterday we already saw signs on the highway asking us to stay off the roads during the storm. We woke up to find that they had been right. It was a very nasty day, with...

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