Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster: Christine

Written by Andrew Garland


In category: Song of the Day

Published April 14, 2020

This week I’ll be sharing a new song each day that features NYFOS artists making music in their homes. 

What’s in a name?

From their Chicago apartment Hugh Russell and Craig Terry have been entertaining us and keeping us sane on a daily basis. From their vast selection of quarantine serenades, I chose this one, because the gesture is the most personal and particular. There is a story and a specific reason why this song was selected – another hallmark of NYFOS programming. Craig and Hugh introduce the song.

“Christine” from the musical Christine
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (1907-1984)
Music by Sammy Fain (1902-1989)

Bonus: I listened to a lot of jazz all through high school and still feel the need to listen regularly. I still have a Fats Waller cassette that starts with this rag. I hadn’t heard this song in years, thank you for bringing it back to me…and your neighbors.

“Handful of Keys” by Fats Waller (1904-1943)

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Andrew Garland has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia festival, Vocal Arts DC, Marilyn Horne Foundation, The Bard Festival, The Cleveland Art Song Festival, Camerata Pacifica, Andre-Turp Society Montreal, Voce at Pace, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Fanfare in Hammond, LA, Cincinnati Matinee Musicale, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Tuesday Morning Music Club, American Pianist Awards, The Phillips Collection, Vocal Arts DC, and venues in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.  He has performed in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn,  National Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center, National Chorale at Lincoln Center, and the Takács, Dover, Amernet, and Deadalus String Quartets. He has performed leading opera roles at Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Minnesota Opera, and many others. Garland is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His discography includes recordings on Telarc, Naxos, Azica, and Roven records. He is a proud member of the NYFOS Artists Council and has performed in 8 different NYFOS programs.


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