No Song is Safe From Us

No Song Is Safe From Us - The NYFOS Blog
 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: What Wolf did for German lieder, Lazar Weiner did for Yiddish art song. Over thirty years since his passing, his musical intellect and innovation continue to pique the interest of listeners and performers alike. Here he combines an important anthem from Holocaust-era ghettos and concentration camps (“I believe with perfect faith […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: Yiddish theatre proved to be exceptionally fertile creative ground for newly American Jewish composers. The Ukranian-born Goldfaden, son of a watchmaker, was one of the early progenitors of the art form, and this original lullaby proved to be an instant classic. By the mid-twentieth century, acts like the Barry Sisters had […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: For this second day of Rosh Hashanah, while Jews all over the world pray for a year of good health and plentiful blessing, enjoy the Turkish composer Alberto Hemsi’s arrangement of this classic Ladino folk song. “The groom doesn’t want any money – he wants a bride of good fortune!”




 |  Joshua Breitzer

L’shanah Tovah! We are happy to welcome Joshua Breitzer to NYFOS’s Song of the Day this week! Josh is the Cantor at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope and has joined NYFOS for its annual A Goyishe Christmas to You! concerts for the past several years with a beloved rendition of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” sung in Yiddish. Make […]




 |  Steven Blier

from Steven Blier: To commemorate this sad, solemn day, I turn to the things that have comforted me during my life. One of them is the Verdi Requiem, a towering work of art. I first fell under its spell when I was thirteen; the Price-Bjoerling recording was a bar mitzvah present. Here is a very […]




 |  Steven Blier

from Steven Blier: For the last few years my spouse and I have been separated on his birthday, and last April we were apart on our anniversary too. By now I’ve gotten used to postponed celebrations, and find they’re sometimes even better than the perfectly-timed ones. As a stop-gap measure today, I sent him a […]




 |  Steven Blier

from Steven Blier: I write this from my porch in Orient, Long Island. It’s the day before Labor Day. In front of me, the Long Island Sound; to my left, the Peconic Bay. The weather is heartbreakingly beautiful. This is probably my last truly calm day for a while.Tomorrow, we pack up the summer house, […]




 |  Steven Blier

Song of the Day returns from holiday with a week of posts from Steven Blier: In my household I get to blast opera while we make dinner. Then, when we sit down to eat, we opt for something more soothing—Brazilian jazz, Rubén Blades, Bill Evans, Chabrier piano music. As I make the salad, I love […]




 |  NYFOS@North Fork

A final post from our 2015 NYFOS@NorthFork cast, then Song of the Day is on break until Labor Day. Here are some selections from baritone Dimitri Katotakis to enjoy in these last few weeks of summer! When we were preparing the “Latin Lovers” concert, Steven and I stumbled upon a question that neither of us […]




 |  NYFOS@North Fork

Under the wire, here is our Song of the Day for August 28th from NYFOS@North Fork Emerging Artist Amanda Lynn Bottoms: When Steve asked me to join the Orient Point residency, my familiarity with Cuban, Brazilian, Argentinian and Latin music as a whole was…limited. So I did what any logical millennial would do and headed […]