A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL BROFMAN, FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE BROOKLYN ART SONG SOCIETY

Rick Perdian spoke with Michael Brofman, founder and artistic director of the Brooklyn Art Song Society, about the impact of the pandemic on the organization and its plans for the future

Michael Brofman © Meg Goldberg

In the midst of its tenth anniversary season, the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) had to cancel everything when New York became the global epicenter of the novel coronavirus in March. For its 2020-21 season, BASS is going digital and will celebrate the legacy of Franz Schubert, the first and arguably the greatest composer of German Lieder, with five programs of more than 100 of his songs. In addition, BASS will launch the New Voices Festival, which seeks to reimagine the art song for the twenty-first century.

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Homeward bound with Chopin and Szymanowski at the Brooklyn Art Song Society

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society Home III – Chopin and Szymanowski: Amy Owens (soprano), Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, Miori Sugiyama (piano). Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, 3.1.2020. (RP)

Chopin and Syzmanowski © Joan Chiverton

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Exploring and transcending trauma with Lucy Dhegrae at National Sawdust

United StatesUnited States The Processing Series, Part I – ‘More Beautiful Than Words Can Tell’: Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Nathaniel LaNasa (piano), Jerome Ellis (flute), Pala Garcia (violin), Amy Garapic (percussion). National Sawdust, Brooklyn, 23.11.2019. (RP)

Lucy Dhegrae in More Beautiful Than Words Can Tell © Jordan Rathkopf

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A Night in Brooklyn – The Songs of Daniel Felsenfeld in Context

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society – Daniel Felsenfeld, In Context: Marie Marquis (soprano), Laura Strickling (soprano); Kate Maroney (mezzo-soprano), Chris Gross (cello), Michael Brofman (piano), Erika Switzer (piano), Chris Gross (cello), Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, 5.4.2019. (RP)

Daniel Felsenfeld © Joan Chiverton
Daniel Felsenfeld © Joan Chiverton

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