Hymn to the City celebrates New York’s resilience and renewal after a year of trauma, loss and mourning

United StatesUnited States Various, Hymn to the City: Lucy Dhegrae (mezzo-soprano), Paul Grosvenor (baritone), Marco Foster (vocals & guitar), Linda Kleinman (dancer), Catalyst Quartet, Members of the New York Philharmonic. Green-Wood Cemetery  Brooklyn, 5.6.2021. (RP)

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Brooklyn Art Song Society concludes its Schubert series with Schwanengesang

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society, Schubert V – Schwanengesang: Kristina Bachrach (soprano), Dominic Armstrong (tenor), Michael Kelly (baritone), Narek Arutyunian (clarinet), Michael Brofman & Joel Harder (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. Livestream available from 13.3.2021. (RP)

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HERE presents the premiere of No One Is Forgotten, an opera for radio conceived during the pandemic

United StatesUnited States Paola Prestini & Sxip Shirey, No One Is Forgotten: Soloists, Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) / Raquel Acevedo Klein (conductor). HERE Arts Center, National Sawdust, Brooklyn. Based on the Winter Miller play of the same name, and premiered on 24.2.2021. Available for streaming through 24.4.2021. (RP)

Photo from the original production of No One Is Forgotten,
with Sarah Nina Hayon (Lali) and Renata Friedman (Beng) © Paula Court

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Love is in the air with the Brooklyn Art Song Society

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Schubert IV: Liebe: Lucy Fitz Gibbon (soprano), Blythe Gaissert, Kate Maroney & Devony Smith (mezzo-sopranos), Michael Brofman & Dimitri Dover (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. Livestream available from 13.2.2021. (RP)

Blythe Gaissert © Tara Tomlinson

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Rick Perdian in conversation with Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell of Brooklyn-based ensemble, Founders

 

Even in the midst of a pandemic, a Zoom call with Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell is an upbeat experience. Their plans for performances, tours and just about everything else hit a brick wall in March, as they did for just about everyone on the planet. For Russell, it has been a peripatetic few months: circumstances required him to leave Brooklyn early in the pandemic and, since then, he and his wife have stayed in a cabin in Maine and with family in California and Mississippi. Apart from a few brief trips out of New York, Ridenour has stuck it out in Brooklyn.

Founders (l to r) – Ben Russell (violin/vocals), Hamilton Berry (cello/vocals),
Brandon Ridenour (trumpet/piano), Greg Chudzik (bass), Yoonah Kim (clarinet)

They are two of the five members of Founders, the award-winning, Brooklyn-based ensemble, a songwriting collective that is reimagining the boundaries of musical styles. In addition to Russell (violin/vocals) and Ridenour (trumpet/piano), the other members of the group are Hamilton Berry (cello/vocals), Yoonah Kim (clarinet) and Greg Chudzik (bass). All are conservatory-trained musicians.

Individually, they have worked with songwriters such as James Taylor, Sufjan Stevens, Sting, and Björk, as well as with classical ensembles such as Canadian Brass, A Far Cry and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as on television broadcasts such as The Late Show and Saturday Night Live.

January saw the release of Founders’ latest recording, Songs for the End of Time, Vol. 1, which features Russell and Ridenour’s arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Their adaptation of this seminal work received its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca New Music Festival. With this thoughtful, imaginative and at times stunningly beautiful rethinking of Messiaen’s Quartet, Founders is introducing it to audiences that might never have encountered it before.

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Brooklyn Art Song Society’s Schubert cycle continues at the start of 2021 with Winterreise

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Schubert III: Steven Eddy (baritone), Michael Brofman (piano), Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. Livestream available from 16.1.2021. (RP)

BASS – Schubert III (c) Joan Chiverton

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The Brooklyn Art Song Society offers the gift of Schubert’s most-beloved songs

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Schubert: Bonus Concert: Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Nils Neubert (tenor), Nana Shi (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. First streamed on 12.12.2020. (RP)

Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano)
© Joan Chiverton

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Brooklyn Art Song Society explores the mysteries of the night in all-Schubert digital recital

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Schubert II: Night: Andrew Fuchs (tenor), Daniel McGrew (tenor), Mario Diaz-Moresco (baritone), Jorell Williams (baritone), Michael Brofman (piano), Spencer Myer (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. First streamed on 14.11.2020. (RP)

BASS – Schubert II: Night captured by resident artist Joan Chiverton

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