written by

Steven Blier

Artistic Director, NYFOS
NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 3

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 3

Wednesday is a good day to play hardball at rehearsal. Soon we’ll need to move into performance mode, which involves a subtle IV-drip of inspiration and encouragement. We mustn’t do anything to hurt the cast’s confidence over the weekend, and as they grapple with...

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NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 2

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 2

Bénédicte and I had a master plan for the day that involved working on every song in the show. Since Love Songs in 176 Keys is a slightly longer program than usual, our idea was wildly ambitious. Still, it is always smart to front-load the work, tackling as much as...

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NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 1

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 1

I was at Caramoor two years ago just as we were becoming aware of the scale of the Covid pandemic. March of 2020 was still the dawn of the quarantine era. While we were not yet wearing masks, the threat of a marauding virus outside the protective walls of Caramoor...

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Buenos Aires: Then & Now Program Notes

Buenos Aires: Then & Now Program Notes

My love for Argentinean music began with a single song:  Carlos Guastavino’s “La rosa y el sauce,” which I heard at Dalton Baldwin’s art song seminar in Princeton 41 years ago. The music worked like a drug on my nervous system. I begged the performers for a copy,...

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And…We’re Back! Program Notes

And…We’re Back! Program Notes

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? When the pandemic hit, our lives became a surreal mixture of Rip Van Winkle and a psych lab deprivation experiment. I’m proud that NYFOS managed to keep producing concerts with a new video series, NYFOS@Home. Reaching out to colleagues...

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NYFOS@North Fork: The Concert, August 1

NYFOS@North Fork: The Concert, August 1

I won’t bury the lede: the concert went beautifully. Sam and Nicoletta sang with a sheen and a sophistication far beyond their years, and they have stunning voices. At intermission we had a visit from a Parisian audience member, who gave the concert his blessing and...

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