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Musical Storefronts: Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano & Bénédicte Jourdois, piano

March 12 at 4, 5 & 6 pm

Blythe Gaissert Bio

Bénédicte Jourdois Bio


Set 1
HENRI DUPARC  –  L’Invitation au voyage
RICKY IAN GORDON  –  Will There Really Be a Morning
FRANCIS POULENC  –  Montparnasse
JOHN GLOVER/KELLEY ROURKE  –  Home is Where I Take My Shoes Off
RICKY IAN GORDON  –  Jerry Hammer

Set 2
JONI MITCHELL  –  Both Sides Now
MARTIN HENNESSY  –  That’s What I Recall (text: Barbara Hammond)
FRANCIS POULENC  –  “Hôtel” from Banalités & Hyde Park
MARTIN HENNESSY  –  Yet (text: Rachel Peters)
GLEN HANSARD  –  Step Out of the Shadows
STEPHEN SONDHEIM  –  “Take Me to the World” from Evening Primrose & “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George

Set 3
HENRI DUPARC  –  L’Invitation au voyage
FRANCIS POULENC  –  Montparnasse
JOHN GLOVER/KELLEY ROURKE  –  Home is Where I Take My Shoes Off
MARTIN HENNESSY  –  My River Runs to Thee
RICKY IAN GORDON  –  Jerry Hammer 
STEPHEN SONDHEIM  –  “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George


January 21-April 28, 2021

Kaufman Music Center brought live music back to NYC’s Upper West Side with a pop-up concert series with 107 performances featuring 202 of our city’s finest performers, including chamber musicians, soloists, Broadway stars from Hamilton, Tootsie and Company, and artists from the Merkin Hall stage. More than 30K passers-by enjoyed the performances. Presented in partnership with the Alphadyne Foundation, Musical Storefronts provided work to artists severely impacted by the cancellation of live performances in a format that took into account all necessary health and safety measures for both artists and audiences.

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Bénédicte Jourdois Bio

Pianist, vocal coach, French diction and vocal literature teacher

A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, Bénédicte Jourdois is currently on music staff at the Metropolitan Opera and on faculty at the Juilliard School.

Ms Jourdois has performed in numerous venues in Europe and in the United States, including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. As a coach and pianist, she has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera Ryan Opera Center, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Saratoga, Palm Beach Opera, Washington Concert Opera, American Lyric Theatre, the Chautauqua Institution voice program, the Castleton Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio, Rice University, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and many others. She was a faculty member at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2016 and at the Manhattan School of Music from 2011 to 2018.

Born in Paris, Ms Jourdois holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Region de Saint-Maur, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon, Mannes College, and the Juilliard School.