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Classic Arts Features NY Festival of Song's Voluptuous Muse to Sing Feb. 16 and 18 Joseph Kaiser, Dina Kuznetsova and Kate Lindsey will sing The Voluptuous Muse, NY Festival of Song's celebration of the lush tonality and decadent Romanticism of late 19th- and early 20th- century song Feb. 16-18.


Kaiser is a rising young star tenor of the Metropolitan Opera who just scored a major triumph at the Op_ra Comique in Paris in the rarely-performed operetta Fortunio. Kuznetsova is the Russian-American soprano who starred as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Chicago Lyric Opera. Mezzo-soprano Lindsey is another fast-emerging Met artist, most recently heard in their new production of The Tales of Hoffmann. Also onstage will be NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier and Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett as pianist/hosts.

The program at this time is as follows:

JOSEPH MARX Marienlied
SERGEI RACHMANINOV Margaritki ("Daisies")

Ich trage meine Minne

Heilige Nacht
Gefl‹ster der Nacht
RACHMANINOV The Rat-Catcher (Pied Piper)

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI from Pieśni muezina szalonego
1. Allah Akbar!
5. O tej godzinie
6. Odeszłaś w pustynie
ALMA MAHLER Laue Sommernacht
ALBAN BERG Liebesode
RACHMANINOV Kakoje schast'je ("What Bliss") and Son ("Dreams")

GUSTAV MAHLER Trost im Ungl‹ck
BERG Sommertage
G. MAHLER Scheiden und Meiden


The concerts will be presented at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10023.

Tickets, $40 - $55 with group discounts, are available by calling 212-501-3330, or visiting www.kaufman-center.org. In addition, there are a limited amount ospecial $15 student discounts available by calling New York Festival Of Song at 646-230-8380.

Visit New York Festival of Song for further details.

NYFOS's next concert at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center will be The Sweetest Path, on March 16. This program, which celebrates the first great flowering of French art song, is the second annual collaboration between NYFOS and the Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars program. It will also be presented on March 13 in the Music Room at Caramoor.


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, including the double bill of Bastianello / Lucrezia, which premiered in 2008. They have produced five recordings on the Koch label, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, as well as the Grammy-nominated recording of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen on New World Records, and the Bridge Records release of the NYFOS program Spanish Love Songs. NYFOS's concert series, touring programs, radio broadcasts, recordings, and educational activities have sparked a new interest in the creative possibilities of the song program, and have inspired the creation of thematic vocal series around the world.

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