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A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU!

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (NYFOS)

Steven Blier, Artistic Director • Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director

presents

 “A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Yuletide Classics

 

by Jewish Songwriters”


Starring vocalists
STEPHANIE BLYTHE, JUDY KAYE, LAUREN WORSHAM,
JOSHUA BREITZER, JOHN BRANCY, JOSHUA JEREMIAH

ALAN KAY, clarinet

 

STEVEN BLIER, piano

 

Music by Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Irving Berlin,
Johnny Marks, Jay Livingston, Howard Levitsky, Adolphe Adam, and others

 

Tuesday, November 29 at 8:00PM

Thursday, December 1 at 8:00PM

No intermission

Post-concert meet-the-artists wine reception open to all

 

Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th St.)

 

$40–$55 for single tickets; student tickets $15

New this year: Real Deal Tickets – $25 Advance Purchase/“Pot Luck” Seating

 

Steven Blier talks about A Goyishe Christmas to You!

“In America, pretty much everyone celebrates St. Nick’s Day one way or another, no matter what religious group they call their own. No wonder that Jewish composers wrote so many famous Yuletide songs—as well as a repertoire of wickedly funny parody versions of the old favorites. We previewed this Christmas show last year at Henry’s Restaurant where it provoked a delirium of excitement; that night, I knew we would have to reprise our versions of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’—sung in Yiddish, Klezmer-style—for the NYFOS audience.”

 

“New York Festival of Song reinvented the song recital.”  —  The New Yorker

New York Festival of Song—the group whose performances “feel like dream dinner parties—the kind where a group of fascinating strangers come together to have wonderfully unexpected conversations” (Opera America)—presents its first-ever Christmas show: A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Yuletide Classics by Jewish Songwriters, on Tuesday, November 29 and Thursday, December 1 at 8:00PM at Merkin Concert Hall.

 

NYFOS celebrates the holiday season in New York with this program of Yuletide songs, from classic to comic—entirely written by Jewish composers. A stunning caliber of singers will perform such staples as “Winter Wonderland” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” From Frank Loesser’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to Adolphe Adam’s “Oh Holy Night,” Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn’s “Let it Snow” to Walter Kent’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” the popular Yuletide songbook is humorously and joyously packed with countless contributions by Jewish songwriters on behalf of their gentile counterparts.

 

Joining pianist Steven Blier for this playful occasion is a star-laden cast of vocalists, including mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, the inimitable Broadway luminary and Tony award-winner Judy Kaye, soprano Lauren Worsham (featured in the March 2011 Encores production of “Where’s Charley?”), and a trio of gentlemen including tenor and Cantor Joshua Breitzer and baritones John Brancy and Joshua Jeremiah. Clarinetist Alan Kay also joins, providing the occasional touch of Klezmer authenticity.

 

NYFOS has earned critical acclaim for its outside-the-box programming, high artistry and warm, informal atmosphere. Led by founders Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, gorgeous voices, a sense of humor, and a love of words and music—not to mention a deep knowledge of musical culture—NYFOS plunders music’s most remote precincts to create evenings of the deepest pleasure.

 

Program for A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU: Yuletide Classics by Jewish Songwriters

 

Judy Kaye and Josh Jeremiah

Candle in My Window (“God Bless the Christmas Jews”) (Howard Levitsky and Marc Miller)

 

John Brancy

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Walter Kent)

 

Joshua Jeremiah and Lauren Worsham

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Frank Loesser)

 

Judy Kaye

Silver Bells (Jay Livington)

 

Lauren Worsham

I’m Naïve (from The Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood) (Styne)

 

Joshua Breitzer and Alan Kay

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  (in Yiddish) (Johnny Marks)

 

Stephanie Blythe

Let It Snow (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)

 

Joshua Jeremiah and John Brancy

Winter Wonderland  (Felix Bernard)

 

Lauren Worsham

Santa Baby (Joan Javits, Philip Springer, and Fred Ebb)

 

Josh Jeremiah

What Makes Santa Run (Ervin Drake)

 

Joshua Breitzer and Lauren Worsham

Don’t Let Gramma Cook Christmas Dinner (Roy Zimmerman)

 

John Brancy

O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam)

 

Stephanie Blythe

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Mel Tormé)

 

Judy Kaye

My Simple Christmas Wish (David Friedman)

 

Stephanie Blythe and the Company

White Christmas (Irving Berlin)

 

LINKS

 

STEVEN BLIER

http://www.nyfos.org/bios/Blier,_Steven.php

 

STEPHANIE BLYTHE

http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/stephanie-blythe

 

JOSHUA JEREMIAH

http://www.alpha-artists.com/roster/joshua_jeremiah.pdf

ALAN KAY

http://www.julliard.edu/degrees-programs/music/faculty/detail.php?FacultyId=119

JUDY KAYE

http://www.judykaye.com/

LAUREN WORSHAM

http://www.laurenworsham.com/

 

UPCOMING NYFOS EVENTS

 

NYFOS@JUILLIARD:

INVITATION TO THE DANCE

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:00PM

Peter J. Sharp Theater at Juilliard

Free Admission • Tickets are required

Tickets available starting January 3, 2012 at The Juilliard School Box Office 212-769-7406

Steven Blier and Michael Barrett; students from The Juilliard School Vocal Department

Songs about dancing (Respighi, Brahms, Sellars, Hahn, Rodgers) and songs with dancing (Gershwin, Harry Warren, Youmans, and others).

NYFOS AT MERKIN CONCERT HALL:

Tuesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 16, 2012

A MODERN PERSON’S GUIDE TO HOOKING UP AND BREAKING UP

Music by Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, The Bobs, William Bolcom, Noël Coward, and Ed Kleban

Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano • Liza Forrester, mezzo-soprano

Alex Mansoori, tenor • Jesse Blumberg, baritone

 

Sunday, March 11, 2012, Rosen House, Caramoor
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Merkin Concert Hall
NEW YORK TO PARIS, PARIS TO PARADISE:
New Yorkers and Parisians at Home and Traveling the World

Music by Rorem, Charles Trenet, Milhaud, Roussel, Gershwin and many others

Introducing members of Caramoor’s 2012 Vocal Rising Stars

 

NYFOS SPRING GALA:

OVER THE RAINBOW: Songs of Harold Arlen

Monday, April 2, 2012, 7:00PM

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and ‘21’ Club

The gala concert in celebration of the close of NYFOS’ 24th season will feature the songs of the great Harold Arlen, accompanied by Steven Blier. The concert program is followed by an elegant supper at ‘21’ Club. Contact New York Festival of Song (646) 230-8380 for further information.

THE NEW-MUSIC MINI-SERIES NYFOS NEXT:

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 7:00PM
NYFOS Next: Russell Platt & Friends

Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music

450 West 37th Street betw 9th and 10th Avenues

FREE

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“Reading a season flier for the New York Festival of Song is like examining the product of some mad mapmaker’s brain, where Spain lies right next to Harlem and borders on Norway.” — Newsday 

“Every detail was designed to give the evening seamless coherence, and you left the hall feeling

enriched, enlightened, entertained and grateful for the experience.”— The Washington Post

 

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