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It’s Throwback Thursday! Isn’t it simply marvelous when we hear a song and we’re immediately transported back to a time and place, just by hearing a few notes. Obviously, it’s better when that reminiscing happens to be a happy memory. It happens to me quite often. I’ll be sitting somewhere and hear background music at a coffee shop or in a grocery store and suddenly, be back in a memory that I have locked to that song. One of those tunes that does it for me is Frank Sinatra’s recording of Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn’s “The Last Dance”.




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Pianist Lachlan Glen and tenor Ben Bliss are co-founders of the millennial-focused arts presenter MISE-EN-SCÈNE STUDIOS (MESS) and our co-Artists of the Month for November. On December 11, NYFOS will join MESS for an updated performance of our annual holiday tradition: A Goyishe Christmas to You!




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After bringing “rich, burnished tone and fearsome low notes” (Opera News) to NYFOS’s 2017 performances of Bernstein’s Songfest, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford returns this November in our Merkin Hall season opener: W.C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues. This October she is our Artist of the Month!




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Though Sukkot continues for another few days, Moses and Miriam have burst onto the scene for day 5, providing a musical climax to our journey of songs which evoke the presence of sacred Jewish ancestors. These two siblings lead the Israelites in celebrating their freedom from Egypt on the other side of the sea, and I don’t know of a song that encapsulates singing, dancing, company, and cookery quite as well as this showstopper from the 1991 Disney animated classic.




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Returning to New York Festival of Song this month in two tour performances of Arias and Barcarolles and other Bernstein Songs, and in December’s performances of A Goyishe Christmas to You!, Joshua Jeremiah is a “rich-voiced” baritone (The New York Times) and our Artist of the Month! You have performed in NYFOS’s annual holiday show A Goyishe Christmas to You! […]




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Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell discusses her preparation process, favorite artists, and how friendly New Yorkers really are as our Artist of the Month. Naomi will join NYFOS in its Mostly Mozart Festival debut on August 8th.




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This song trips so many of my triggers, with a vocal line that sounds like it could have been written by John Dowland, and an accompaniment that has some of the delicate twists, turns, and bizarre musical punctuation of Poulenc.




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Celebrated actress Kathleen Chalfant answers our questions as NYFOS’s Artist of the Month in advance of her sold-out performance in NYFOS’s Lyrics by Shakespeare in the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. You received a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 Obies (Congratulations!) How does it feel to be honored for a ‘lifetime’ of work?  What […]