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This has been stuck in our heads since watching the recent tv series Fosse/Verdon. That noise! That vocal car horn of a sound! Where did come from? How did it end up in the show? Why?!? Better to give up the questions and just enjoy the dance. Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon perform “Who’s Got […]




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A selection from Karol Szymanowski’s sensual and obsessive song cycle Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin,”W południe” (“At Noon”) opens in a city “white with heat.” Its descending phrases capture the languid, wilting feeling of a humid day, before the singer grows excited by a vision of the object of his obsession bathing in the nude. […]




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Bass Matt Boehler answers our questions on his background as an actor and journey toward composition as our Artist of the Month. Matt is returning to NYFOS on later this month in Manning the Canon in Orient, NY and NYC, and next season in Lyrics by Shakespeare (single tickets available July 8, but you can […]




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Composer Laura Kaminsky discusses her hit opera AS ONE, facilitating new works from women composers, and what she’s been reading lately in our Artist of the Month interview




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Baritone Efraín Solís answers our questions about self-care, favorite singers, and more in advance of three appearances with NYFOS this season: García Lorca: Magician and Muse on April 24 at Merkin Hall and Manning the Canon on June 23 in Orient, NY and on June 25 at the LGBT Center in NYC.




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Composer/performer Kate Soper talks about her favorite music to sing and the “strange and wonderful world of electronics and the voice” in advance of her NYFOS Next evening on March 28 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.




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I told Michael, “We have got to bring that music to our mainstage series. Everyone needs to hear Daniel’s—what is it, a cantata?” At first we thought of pairing At the Door with other stories of thwarted lovers, picking up on the work’s story. But we saw a more interesting possibility, something to address our current national quandary about welcoming people of other nationalities into our country. Daniel is Persian-American, and At the Door is set to a poem in Farsi. NYFOS has ventured far afield in its 31-year history—a couple of years ago we did a song in Zulu. But it was time to open our borders even further, and Daniel Sabzghabaei proved to be our passport.




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Baritone and Five Boroughs Music Festival co-founder Jesse Blumberg discusses his varied career and dodges our final question. Jesse will return to NYFOS’s Mainstage in Hyphenated-Americans on February 20, 2019 at Merkin Hall.




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Passionate educator, solo/collaborative pianist, and recording artist Leann Osterkamp talks about her time in NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and reveals her (crazy) solution to winter weather’s wear on her fingers. Leann will return to NYFOS’s Mainstage in Hyphenated-Americans on February 20, 2019 at Merkin Hall.