This collaboration between NYFOS and The Juilliard School celebrates the creative energy and superlative vocal talent of tomorrow's brightest stars, building on NYFOS's distinctive programming and performing style. Alumni of the joint program have already begun to participate in NYFOS's mainstage concerts alongside our more seasoned artists, while also taking their place in opera houses and concert halls around the world.
Latin Lovers celebrates the sensuous, harmonically rich art songs, theater songs, and dance music of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Uruguay, with music by Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gardel and many others. Latin Lovers will feature NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier as pianist-arranger and host.
"The experience of programming and performing with my students has only gotten more profound with each passing season," says Blier. "Though written in an immediately absorbable popular style, these Latin American songs deal with burning issues: class distinctions, racial tensions, social unrest, and sexual obsession." Reflecting on the rehearsal process, he commented, "With every student I have experienced that moment every coach waits forÔ_ when their everyday persona slips away and the genie lurking inside the song takes over the room. Latin American song has the power to transform and transport. This music turns us all, performers and listeners, into tango champions, smoldering movie stars, hot-blooded gauchosÔ_in short, Latin Lovers."
The cast of Latin Lovers includes Meredith Lustig, soprano; Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo-soprano; Isabel Vera, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; Christopher Tiesi, tenor; Carlton Ford, baritone; Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone; Eric Roberts, percussionist; Joê£o Kouyoumdjian, guitarist; Jeanne Slater, choreographer; and Steven Blier, pianist-arranger/host.
Latin Lovers will be performed at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues.
Pueblito, mi pueblo- Carlos Guastavino
Pampamapa - Carlos Guastavino
Vidala- Carlos L‹pez Buchardo
Canci‹n al šrbol del olvido- Alberto Ginastera
Los pšjaros perdidos- Astor Piazzolla
Nenê_- Ernesto Nazareth
Quando te vi pela primeira vez- Mozart Camargo Guarnieri
Melodia sentimental- Heitor Villa-Lobos
Samba classico- Villa-Lobos
La Volanta- Eduardo Sšnchez de Fuentes
T‹ no sabe ingl_- Emilio Grenet
Quiero ser hombre- Ernesto Lecuona
Juego santo- Alejandro Garc‹a Caturla
Aria de Matilde, from La Esclava- Jos_ Mauri
Mar‹a La O (title song)- Lecuona
Milonga de Mar‹a from Mar‹a de Buenos Aires- Piazzolla
Entrada de Cecilia from Cecilia Vald_s- Gonzalo Roig
Corcovado- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Como el arrullo de palmas- Lecuona
Palmira- Mois_s Simons
Alfonsina y el mar- Ariel Ram‹rez
Por una cabeza (By Just A Nose)- Carlos Gardel
Milonga de Fidela- Jaur_s Lamarque Pons
New York Festival of Song was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. NYFOS is dedicated to creating intimate song concerts of great beauty, humor and originality, combining music, poetry, and history to entertain, educate and create community among audiences and performers. With a far-ranging repertoire of art songs, concert works and theater pieces, its thematic recitals have included programs from Brahms to the Beatles, from the nineteenth-century salons of Paris to Tin Pan Alley, from Russian art song to Argentine tangos, from sixteenth-century lute songs to new music. NYFOS particularly celebrates American song literature and culture, and specializes in premiering and commissioning new American works.