Brooklyn Art Song Society Announces 2017-2018 Season
Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) is proud to announce its eighth season, beginning in October, 2017. The 2017-2018 season continues in BASS’s well-established traditions of ambitious, innovative programming and world-class performers while offering some new surprises along the way. This season presents 10 Brooklyn events, a west coast tour, two world-premiere commissions, and over 250 songs by more than 30 composers performed by nearly 40 of today’s best artists.
BASS opens its season on Friday, October 6th with La France, a five-concert festival exploring all things French, from masterpieces by Hector Berlioz to American premieres by Jean Barraqué. Spanning the elegant to the existential, the dramatic to the absurd, La France presents over 100 melodies by 20 of the greatest French composers. For these concert, Brooklyn Art Song Society returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. La France includes two special events: a sneak preview on Friday, September 15th, 2017 during Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday event, and a bonus concert for season pass holders at the Old Stone House in Park Slope on Friday, December 1st, 2017.
BASS returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society on Friday, March 23rd for In Context: Harold Meltzer, honoring one of today’s most acclaimed American composers. Mr. Meltzer’s songs, including a world- premiere BASS commission, will be presented alongside masterpieces by Gustav Holst, Robert Schumann, and Hugo Wolf.
On Sunday, April 15, 2018 BASS presents the second concert of its on-going series, The Dichter Project, focusing on the greatest settings of the greatest German poets by the greatest composers. This year’s featured composer is Heinrich Heine, known for his concision, irony, and emotional honesty. This concert is free and open to public as part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s “Classical Interludes” series.
Finally, on Friday, June 1st, 2018 BASS concludes its 8th season with New Voices, a cutting-edge program of works from the 21st-century at National Sawdust. Works by two European titans, Harrison Birtwistle and Kaija Saariaho bookend an ambitious world premiere by American composer Kurt Rohde (Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellow).
Outside of Brooklyn, BASS embarks on a west coast tour which includes an artist residency at University of California-Davis and a recital on KING 98.1 FM, Seattle’s Classical Radio Station.
The 2017-2018 season features several notable BASS debuts, as well as returning favorites. First time performers include soprano Marie Marquis (winner, Joy in Singing) mezzo soprano Annie Rosen (Chicago Lyric Opera) counter tenor Eric Jurena and, tenor Timothy Fallon (winner, Wigmore International Song Competition). Returning favorites include soprano Kristina Bachrach, tenor Dominic Armstong, and baritone Sidney Outlaw (Met Opera). For complete information on the 2017-2018 season visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its eighth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2017, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music.
The New York Times called BASS “a company well worth watching” and Voce di Meche hailed, “as long as BASS is around we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA.” Opera News writes, “Brooklyn Art Song Society keeps the intimate recital alive with innovative programming,” and the New Yorker praised BASS as “uncompromisingly dedicated to continuing the traditions of classical art song, both old and new.”
Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert’s last year, a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six, and the complete output of Hugo Wolf over six seasons. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner, and many others. In May 2015 BASS released its first album, New Voices on Roven Records, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts.
Highlights from this season include the five-concert series La France, two world premiere commissions by acclaimed composers Harold Meltzer and Kurt Rohde, a west coast tour, including performances on KING FM 98.1, Seattle’s classical radio station, and an artist residency at University of California- Davis. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME and held residencies at University of Notre Dame and University of Chicago. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue, and also has lasting relationships with National Sawdust and the Brooklyn Public Library. BASS’s artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.