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 |  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 […]




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Alex McKissick with the Song of the Day for August 27th: As the Orient residency tenor soloist, I feel it is my duty to introduce, or for the more well-informed out there, to further explore the life of a fabulous Spanish tenor, Miguel Fleta. Mr. Fleta was an operatic superstar back in the early 20th […]




 |  NYFOS@North Fork

August 26th’s Song of the Day, coming from NYFOS@NorthFork soprano Anna Dugan. Thanks, Anna! ‘Dugan’ doesn’t exactly scream Spanish, so people rarely guess that I hail from Spain (half of me, at least). Performing on the “Latin Lovers” concert was a special gift for me, as it is rare that I get to sing music […]




 |  NYFOS@North Fork

This week’s Songs-of-the-Day are being written by the cast of our NYFOS@North Fork project. Today’s entry is from our ace percussionist Josh Vonderheide. He describes how he got ready for the concert: To get prepared for the “Latin Lovers” concerts that NYFOS presented last weekend in Long Island, I had to immerse myself in the […]




 |  Steven Blier

There were a lot of blessings this weekend. In spite of some nasty-looking icons on my iPhone weather app earlier in the week, the weather held up Saturday and Sunday. The Orient concert was sold out. And the Latin/Caribbean music worked its wiles on both audiences in a powerful way. The Saturday show in Bellport, courtesy of South Country Concert (run by […]