Brooklyn Art Song Society Highlights the Songs of Gustav Mahler
Friday January 6, 2017 7:30PM
Wien III: Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Hyona Kim, mezzo soprano; Sidney Outlaw, Christopher Herbert, baritone;
Michael Brofman, Brent Funderburk, Miori Sugiyama, piano
Free pre-concert lecture at 7PM by Columbia University Professor and Mahler expert Marilyn McCoy
Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
On Friday, January 6th 2017 Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) continues its five concert series Wien with a program dedicated to the lieder of Gustav Mahler. Best known for his monumental symphonies, Mahler was also a gifted composer of song. BASS presents three of the composers best known cycles in their original and intimate piano versions: Kindertotenlieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. The performers include some of New York’s finest singers: soprano Kristina Bachrach (Winner, Ziering- Conlon Competition), mezzo soprano Hyona Kim (Winner, Joy in Singing), and baritones Christopher Herbert (New York Polyphony) and Sidney Outlaw (Metropolitan Opera). In addition, at 7PM Columbia University professor and Mahler expert Marilyn McCoy will give a free pre-concert lecture.
About the Brooklyn Historical Society:
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today’s BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.
Brooklyn Art Song Society presents five programs that capture the decadence, radicalism, and intrigue that was Vienna in the first half of the 20th-century. It was the city of Schoenberg, Mahler, Freud, Wittgenstein and countless other artists, thinkers, and rebels: it was the City of Dreams.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society:
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its seventh season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2016, 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.” 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, Herschel Garfein, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner, and has commissioned works from up-an-coming composers Michael Djupstrom, Marie Incontrera, and Andrew Staniland. 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 Wien, an exploration of Vienna’s cultural landscape from 1890-1945, BASS’s debut at National Sawdust with In Context: Jake Heggie, and world premieres by Tom Cipullo and Glen Roven. 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 new primary venue starting in the 2016-2017 season. BASS’s artist roster features over 30 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information, visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.