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 |  Dina Kuznetsova

This week’s Song of the Day curator is Russian soprano and international star Dina Kuznetsova. You can hear Dina in NYFOS’s upcoming show From Russia to Riverside Drive on November 8 (Boston) and November 10 (New York), performing songs by Rachmaninoff, alongside some of the Jazz Age music that Rachmaninoff heard during his time living in New York. […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

This week’s Song of the Day curator is Russian soprano and international star Dina Kuznetsova. You can hear Dina in NYFOS’s upcoming show From Russia to Riverside Drive on November 8 (Boston) and November 10 (New York), performing songs by Rachmaninoff, alongside some of the Jazz Age music that Rachmaninoff heard during his time living in New […]




 |  Michael Barrett

from Michael Barrett: For my final choice of this week’s survey of the Negro Spiritual, I have a selection of six from the amazing Shirley Verrett in live concert from the 1960s. Ms. Verrett was a vocal force and a major Met opera star. I had the good fortune to work with her in the […]




 |  Michael Barrett

from Michael Barrett: Today’s song is “Let Us Break Bread Together” sung by Jessye Norman, with beautifully orchestrated accompaniment. Antonin Dvorak was an early champion of the negro spiritual during his stay in New York (and Iowa) in the early 20th century. He encouraged his black students to draw upon this music, extolling it for its […]




 |  Michael Barrett

from Michael Barrett: In our brief survey of the Negro Spiritual this week, we’ve heard from Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson. Let’s hear now from Robert McFerrin Sr. from 1957. Yes, this is Bobby McFerrin’s Dad. Two years before this recording Mr. McFerrin became the first black man to sing at the Met. Listening to […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Today’s Song of the Day features Mahalia Jackson and Nat King Cole in Steal Away. The lyrics are “Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus. Steal away, steal away home. I ain’t got long to stay here.” Again, it is code for an escape to freedom. This recording from 1957 is a good reminder of how […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week’s Song of the Day selections come from NYFOS co-founder Michael Barrett: I have just been baptized in the Colorado River. It wasn’t intentional. I was swept into the rapids of Cataract Canyon about 100 miles south of Moab, Utah. I had several mouthfuls of the the holy water, and somehow survived. Two nights before I […]




 |  Mark Campbell

This is our final post from guest DJ Mark Campbell. Thank you, Mark!  Next week: NYFOS Co-founder Michael Barrett! Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden’s? Music and lyrics by Alec Wilder TGIF. After all the heavy songs on my list this week, I now feature one that had no relation to a personal crisis […]




 |  Mark Campbell

from librettist Mark Campbell: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Music by Samuel Barber; text by James Agee I know this is not a “song.” But this is my week, not yours. I first heard this work in 1989 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer—and continued listening to it after she died a few months later. […]




 |  Mark Campbell

from librettist Mark Campbell: Being Alive Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim I had to include a Sondheim song this week. Had to. “Being Alive” is not necessarily my favorite song from the Sondheim canon—but I have to admit that in my long and varied romantic life, I’ve often asked the same questions about love […]