written by

Steven Blier

Artistic Director, NYFOS
NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 5

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 5

We complain about all the Zoom lessons and What’s App meetings we’ve had to endure in the last two years,  but they can also be a blessing. Case in point: yesterday, when Meredith Wohlgemuth and I had a Catalan coaching with our guest teacher, Albert Carbonell. Two...

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NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 4

NYFOS@Caramoor 2022: Day 4

It was a long one. But as the clock ticked I couldn’t tear myself away from rehearsal. Things were popping at the end of the day and there was no way I was going to buzz out early.  I shouldn’t have been surprised. The whole day had been encouraging. Everything was...

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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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