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September 29, 2016
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Steven Blier, Artistic Director • Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director
opens a new season of NYFOS Mainstage


Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel

A Century of American Musical Theater

Songs by the legendary Richard Rodgers, 
his daughter Mary Rodgers, and his grandson Adam Guettel

Program includes very rare and unpublished songs by Adam and Mary

MARY TESTA, mezzo-soprano
JOHN BRANCY, baritone

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00 p.m.


Merkin Concert Hall

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street

$40-$55 for Single Tickets; $10 for Student Tickets
$20 for Real Deal Tickets: Advance Purchase, Limited Availability and Seating
From NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier:
As I sift through the material for the Rodgers show, I am once again gobsmacked by the sheer bounty of melody that sprang forth from one single family. Their ravishing songs span the sass of the twenties, the earnestness of the post-war era, the free-wheeling seventies, and the dark complexities of our own times. Richard, his daughter Mary, and his grandson Adam embodied a century of musical tastes, theatrical styles, and American mores. As always, we'll have plenty of musical surprises, including some songs that remain unpublished, alongside some of our favorite pieces from their hit shows. Our cast brings a refreshing diversity to this extraordinary playlist: four live-wire singer-actors ready to croon, belt, cut a rug, or bare their souls. I can't wait.”
John Brancy, Lauren Worsham, Mary Testa, Hal Cazalet
New York Festival of Song opens its 2016-17 Mainstage season at Merkin Concert Hall with two evenings devoted to the Rodgers family—Richard, Mary, and Adam Guettel (with rare unpublished songs by both Guettel and his mother Mary). Entitled Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel: A Century of American Musical Theater, the performances take place Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Richard Rodgers’ legacy included not only his sophisticated, street-wise songs written with Lorenz Hart and his groundbreaking work with Oscar Hammerstein III but also the indispensable music of his descendants: daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza). Their songs are like a hundred-year history of American mores, from the Jazz Age to the Information Era. Filled with intelligence, humanity, and breathtaking melody, the Rodgers family sings of the America we know—and the America we dream of. 

A thrilling quartet of theatrical vocalists perform and interpret these songs: soprano Lauren Worsham, whose Broadway debut in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won her a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Nomination; mezzo Mary Testa, whose many appearances on Broadway include On the Town, Xanadu, Forty-Second Street, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; baritone John Brancy, praised by critic Anne Midgette in The Washington Post for his “consummate singing, a warm, vivid baritone with a lot of color”; and Hal Cazalet, whose “bright, yet burnished, lyric tenor voice” (Theater Jones) has delighted audiences throughout Europe and America in a wide range of opera, musical theater, and cabaret. Cazalet is the great-grandson of the iconic writer P. G. Wodehouse, and carries on his great predecessor's tradition of comic charm and stage savvy.


(subject to change)
Dear Old Syracuse
Maybe It’s Me
Ev’rybody Loves You
Out of My Dreams
The Gentleman Is a Dope
Some Enchanted Evening
Bargaining Song
Something Known
Happily Ever After
Am I
Good Man
The Boy From…
There Go I
Saint Who
Dividing Day
Awaiting You
Migratory V


Steven Blier / Michael Barrett
“People have a primal need to be sung to and communicated with through song. The essential core of truth in each song—that part where you feel ‘that's me, I've been there’—that’s what we’re always looking for.” — Steven Blier

Now in its 29th season, New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is dedicated to creating intimate song concerts of great beauty and originality. Weaving music, poetry, history and humor into evenings of compelling theater, NYFOS fosters community among artists and audiences. Each program entertains and educates in equal measure. 

Founded by pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier in 1988, NYFOS continues to produce its series of thematic song programs, drawing together rarely-heard songs of all kinds, overriding traditional distinctions between musical genres, exploring the character and language of other cultures, and the personal voices of song composers and lyricists.

Since its founding, NYFOS has particularly celebrated American song. Among the many highlights is the double bill of one-act comic operas, Bastianello and Lucrezia, by John Musto and William Bolcom, both with libretti by Mark Campbell, commissioned and premiered by NYFOS in 2008 and recorded on Bridge Records. In addition to Bastianello and Lucrezia and the 2008 Bridge Records release of Spanish Love Songs with Joseph Kaiser and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, NYFOS has produced five recordings on the Koch label, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, and the Grammy-nominated recording of Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen (also a NYFOS commission) on New World Records. This past season saw the release of Canción Amorosa, a CD of Spanish song—Basque, Catalan, Castilian, and Sephardic—on the GPR label, with soprano Corinne Winters accompanied by Steven Blier.

In November 2010, NYFOS debuted NYFOS Next, a mini-series for new songs, hosted by guest composers in intimate venues. The series is currently held at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 

NYFOS is passionate about nurturing the artistry and careers of young singers, and has developed training residencies around the country, including with The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts (now in its 12th year); Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (its 9th year in March 2017); San Francisco Opera Center (over 18 years as of February 2016); Glimmerglass Opera (2008–2010); and its newest project, NYFOS@North Fork in Orient, NY.

NYFOS’s concert series, touring programs, radio broadcasts, recordings, and educational activities continue to spark new interest in the creative possibilities of the song program, and have inspired the creation of thematic vocal series around the world.

"Steven Blier and Michael Barrett's unstoppable song salon.” — Time Out NY

Upcoming NYFOS 2016-17 Concerts

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7:00pm
Lyric Opera Kansas City, Kansas City, KS

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:00pm 
Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel 
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
NYFOS Mainstage

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00pm 
Gabriela Lena Frank & Friends 
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY 

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00pm 
Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel 
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
NYFOS Mainstage

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:00pm 
Christopher Cerrone & Friends 
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY 

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00pm
A Goyishe Christmas To You!
Henry's Restaurant
NYFOS After Hours

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30pm
NYFOS @ Juilliard
From Lute Song to the Beatles: Music of the British Isles

Peter Jay Sharp Theater
NYFOS Emerging Artists

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3:00pm
Pyotr the Great
Vocal Arts DC, Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8:00pm 
Pyotr the Great 
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
NYFOS Mainstage

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8:00pm
Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight
Reston Community Center, Reston, VA

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 8:00pm 
Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight 
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
NYFOS Mainstage

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00pm
NYFOS @ Caramoor
Four Islands 

Music Room, Rosen House, Caramoor Festival of Arts, Katonah, NY
NYFOS Emerging Artists

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8:00pm
Four Islands
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
NYFOS Mainstage

Tuesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00pm 
Kyle and Lauren Worsham Jarrow & Friends 
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00pm 
Spring Gala
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 
All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 
in partnership with the City Council.
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