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Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in News | 0 comments

NYFOS brings back hit show Manning the Canon: Songs of Gay Life

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (NYFOS)

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

presents

 “MANNING THE CANON: Songs of Gay Life”

back by popular demand!

Two centuries of songs by and about gay men, starring

tenor SCOTT MURPHREE  •  baritone JESSE BLUMBERG

baritone TIMOTHY MCDEVITT  •  bass MATT BOEHLER

STEVEN BLIER, piano

 

Music by Berg, Bernstein, Blitzstein, Bolcom, Britten, Coleman,

de Blasio, de Falla, Griffes, Porter, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns

Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Thalken, Wallowitch

 

Thursday, November 17 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

NYFOS takes this program to the Gildenhorn Recital Hall on the University of Maryland campus in College Park,Tuesday, November 15, 8:00PM under the auspices of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

 

Steven Blier talks about Manning the Canon:

“This is a program we debuted last season, after I had been longing to do it for about two decades. It explores two centuries of gay composers and gay-themed songs, and presents a wide variety of characters: experienced guys on the prowl for a good time; sensitive men grappling with their sexuality; hyper-males and drag queens; ecstatic lovers and those just awakening to their erotic nature. The composers come from seven countries and span 190 years, but they have one thing in common: they are all masters of words and music, and present a vital and engaging portrait of our gay heritage. The joys of gay brotherhood, the lacerating wit of our most brilliant writers, the subtle signals we’ve created to locate one another, and the crises we’ve faced and survived: these are the subjects of Manning the Canon.”

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG—the group that “charms audiences with programs that combine meticulous research with an infectious strain of vocal hedonism” (The New York Times)—returns with an encore presentation of MANNING THE CANON: Songs of Gay Life on Thursday, November 17 at 8:00PM at Merkin Concert Hall

Manning the Canon is a rousing and touching celebration of the lives and art of gay men in works that reflect the heritage of gay composers in art song, as well as contemporary songs about the gay experience. Featured composers include Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Griffes, Bernstein, Porter, Wallowich, and Blitzstein. After last year’s rapturously received performance, Anthony Tommasini wrote a rave review in The New York Times.

Sexual exploration and awakening, joy and pain, fear and fulfillment are some of the currents that pulse through the songs of Manning the Canon.  From the German lied represented by Franz Schubert’s “Der Gondelfahrer” (set to a text by his roommate and probable paramour, Johann Mayrhofer) to John Wallowitch’s hilarious cabaret song “Bruce,” filled with fashion tips for a befuddled drag queen, Manning the Canon is a musical portrait of life, love, lust, and loss in the world of gay men. 

NYFOS is known for its daring programming, and Manning the Canonis a classic example.  It offers an enormous range of repertoire in myriad styles, exhaustively researched and brilliantly programmed by Artistic Director Steven Blier, and performed by some of the best and brightest singers to be heard anywhere.

Program for MANNING THE CANON: Songs of Gay Life

{MEN ON MEN, MAN TO MAN}

Purest Kind of a Guy (Blitzstein)

Is It Dirty (Berg/O’Hara)

An Admission (Joe Thalken/Mark Campbell)

 

{OUR GAY HERITAGE IN ART SONG: FULFILLMENT}

Der Gondelfahrer (Schubert/Mayrhofer)

Montparnasse (Poulenc/Apollinaire)

At the Ball (Tchaikovsky/Aleksei Tolstoi)

Evening Song (Griffes/Lanier)

 

{DRAG ACTS}

Bruce (Wallowitch)

Boardwalk Scene (Bolcom/Weinstein)

 

{OUR GAY HERITAGE IN ART SONG: MIXED SIGNALS}

Si vous n’avez rien à me dire (Saint-Saëns/Hugo)

Night covers up the rigid land (Britten/Auden)

Polo (de Falla)

 

{LOCKER ROOM ENCOUNTER, CRISIS, LIBERATION, CELEBRATION}

Tennis Duet (Cy Coleman/David Zippel)

Walt Whitman in 1989 (de Blasio/Perry Brass)

To What You Said (Bernstein/Whitman)

You’re the Top (Porter)

 

 

LINKS

STEVEN BLIER

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

JESSE BLUMBERG

http://www.jesseblumberg.com

MATT BOEHLER

http://www.mattboehler.com

SCOTT MURPHREE

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/voice/people/faculty/murphree

TIMOTHY MCDEVITT

http://timothymcdevitt.com/

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