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 |  Michael Barrett

There’s a lot of negativity in the world right now. Coronaviruus! Impeachment! The Iowa Caucus! But it’s Friday and I am choosing something to put a smile on your face. One of our most original songwriters in America- Tom Waits continues to catch my attention. His song writing is eclectic, but it’s his voice that […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Errollyn Wallen is a British composer and singer. I’ll be playing her song “North” on the Feb. 13 NYFOS Next concert. You can hear it in this clip at 28:05. I find it so interesting how composers hear their own music. When I interpret their music it’s not uncommon for me to have a very […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Time for 3 is a crossover group of 2 violins and a bass. They have tremendous energy and charisma, and since Charles Yang (featured violinist in NYFOS’s program 2015 program Schubert/Beatles) joined the group about 3 three years ago they have become more based in vocal music, writing much of their own material. Here is […]




 |  Michael Barrett

When Lorraine Hunt became composer Peter Lieberson’s muse, and then became Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, she sang his four Rilke Songs. These songs express a deep resonance with Peter Lieberson’s belief in Buddhism, that he found in Rilke’s text. The spaciousness of the writing, its stillness, and spiritual perspective make this one of my favorite art songs ever […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week I’ll be looking at recently written songs by young composers and their more established colleagues. Our new music series, NYFOS Next (our 10th season!), opens at the DiMenna Center on Feb. 13 with a program I’m devising, so I thought I might whet your appetite with songs that won’t necessarily be on that […]




 |  Christine Taylor Price

I thought I’d leave you on a fun note. I found this next song while I was putting together a recital.  My sister Katie is actually the best sister you could ask for and I swear I’m not biased! She let me move in with her and took care of me when she was 25 […]




 |  Christine Taylor Price

This next song was one of my grandmother’s favorites. She was an Irish Catholic girl who grew up in Pennsylvania, became a nurse and met my grandfather while working for the war effort and after getting married they started for California. She would tell the story of how they ended up living in Denver by […]




 |  Christine Taylor Price

I have always been a huge Doris Day fan. She is the whole package. Hysterical, a fantastic actress both comedic and dramatic, and was one of the most famous recording artists from the 40’s to the late 60’s recording more than 650 songs. I remember the first movie I saw her in- Calamity Jane. People! […]