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Soprano Sari Gruber answers our questions on her path to music and long history with NYFOS, as we anticipate her return to NYFOS this November in Blitzstein’s No For An Answer and Weill’s Der Silbersee. If my research is correct, you’ve been singing with NYFOS for over 20 years! How did you first get involved […]




 |  Steven Blier

Before the concert:I’ve been abstracted and quietly jittery for a few days now—at least, when I am with my housemates making dinner or hanging out on the porch. It’s normal for me to feel the weight of the world on my shoulders before I play. Even this relatively informal, forgiving performance in Orient evokes feelings […]




 |  Steven Blier

We ran the program in order today, but I resolved not to gloss over anything with the cast. They are packing four weeks’ worth of study into six days, and I want to give them everything I possibly can without blowing their fuses. I’m also trying to hold onto their best work before they start […]




 |  Steven Blier

Wednesday’s rehearsal always has a special place in these one-week residencies. It’s the last time we still feel we’re free to play, discover, develop. I can bring up some of the bigger issues I want each singer to be thinking about, and they still have the brain-space to process what I am telling them. Wednesday […]




 |  Steven Blier

When you have a one-week rehearsal period for a complicated program, you have to work quickly. Of course I want to be a gentle, enlightening guru-figure for the four singers I’ve invited. I also want to get every song up and running ASAP. I am happy to say that a lot of our work is […]




 |  Steven Blier

This is the third time I am doing Ports of Call, a program that circumnavigates the globe using songs from eleven countries in nine languages. In every port you meet a traveler—be it a merchant, an exile, a lover, an ex-pat, or an opium addict. Since I am comfortable with all the music, it’s easy […]




 |  Steven Blier

It always seems like a miracle when the cast arrives in Orient for our annual NYFOS@North Fork project. They zoom in by bus, by car, by ferry, and suddenly my quiet, sedentary life becomes a densely packed rehearsal period. This morning I am preparing to go from “Sleep” mode to “Full Blast.” I’ve done this […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1969Billboard’s Top Seller – “Sugar, Sugar” by Jeff Barry & Andy Kim and performed by The Archies Grammy for Record of the Year (1970) – “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” Bones Howe (producer) performed by The 5th Dimension Grammy for Song of the Year (1970) – “Games People Play” by Joe […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1968Billboard’s Top Seller – “Hey Jude” by the Beatles Grammy for Record of the Year (1969) – “Mrs. Robinson,” Paul Simon & Roy Halee (producers) performed by Simon & Garfunkel Grammy for Song of the Year (1969) – “Little Green Apples” by Bobby Russell (songwriter) performed by Roger Miller […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1967Billboard’s Top Seller – “To Sir, with Love” by Don Black and Mark London and performed by Lulu Grammy for Record & Song of the Year (1968) – “Up, Up and Away” by Jimmy Webb (songwriter) and Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon (producers) performed by The 5th Dimension. Grammy for […]