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 |  Elliott Hurwitt

This week’s Song of the Day curator is Elliott Hurwitt, longtime friend of NYFOS and music historian specializing in the works of W. C. Handy.  from Elliott Hurwitt: We don’t know a whole lot about Geeshie Wiley, who recorded “Last Kind Words Blues” and a handful of other songs, except that she worked in a […]




 |  Elliott Hurwitt

This week’s Song of the Day curator is Elliott Hurwitt, longtime friend of NYFOS and music historian specializing in the works of W. C. Handy.  from Elliott Hurwitt: Gladys Bentley (ca. 1907-1960) was one of the biggest stars of African-American entertainment in the 1920s, along with Florence Mills, Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker among female stars […]




 |  Shea Owens

This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!   from Shea Owens: Let’s end the week on a high note—literally. Tenors get a lot […]




 |  Shea Owens

This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!   from Shea Owens: Lyricist and composer Gene Scheer wrote a song in 1998 titled “American […]




 |  Shea Owens

This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!   from Shea Owens: I walked out of an audition recently and my manager told me, […]




 |  Shea Owens

This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!   from Shea Owens: Have you ever heard a song and been so moved by it […]




 |  Shea Owens

This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!   From Shea Owens: While exploring British repertoire in graduate school, the […]




 |  Steven Blier

from Steven Blier: I am still thinking about my strangely empty evening hearing Otello. It has become a habit of mine to listen to recordings of a work after I see it in the theater, and this morning I sampled Solti with Margaret Price and Carlo Cossutta, Levine with Scotto and Domingo—wonderful, familiar studio recordings. Then […]




 |  Steven Blier

from Steven Blier: I came home from the Met’s Otello last night in a bit of a funk. The opera got a strong, rich musical performance from the chorus and orchestra, a bit on the mellow side for my taste but sophisticated and deeply musical. I esteem Yannick Nézet-Séguin highly, and any conductor whose role […]




 |  Steven Blier

From Steven Blier: Today I want to honor Renata Scotto in honor of fiftieth anniversary of her Met debut. Her singing has meant a great deal to me in the course of my life. I was lucky enough to hear her at the old Met as Lucia. A friend of my parents offered to take […]