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New York Festival of Song: Picnic Cantata /
Dinner at Eight

Tuesday, February 21, 2017  |  8:00pm


NYFOS premieres a suite of songs from William Bolcom and Mark Campbell's new opera, Dinner at Eight. The quintessentially American material—a play that was made into a classic movie—gives both composer and librettist a chance to display their wizardry. Together they have created a fascinating gallery of characters, from the upper-crust dowager to the bit-of-fluff mistress. NYFOS also premieres a new song cycle it commissioned from Gabriel Kahane. Like Bolcom, Kahane combines a modern sensibility with a deep connection to the traditions of song. The result is a magical fusion of words and music—hipster meets Fauré.

Rounding out the program is Paul BowlesPicnic Cantata, set to the words of New York Poet James Schuyler. This quiet masterpiece, scored for four female voices, two pianos and percussion, is a tuneful, witty, and subtly moving work rarely performed since its 1954 premiere.

Artists:  Sopranos Chelsea Shephard & Amy Owens, mezzo-sopranos Amanda Lynn Bottoms & Naomi Louisa O'Connell, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and Barry Centanni, percussion

$20 Real Deal and $10 Student Tickets available by phone only: 212 501 3330

Merkin Concert Hall

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