La France

La France

 Brooklyn Art Song Society presents five concerts 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 sung by today’s best interpreters of song. 

 

 


September 15, 2017, at 6:15 pm

La France

La France Sampler

Hear highlights from La France while enjoying Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday celebration.

Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Michael Brofman, piano

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

(FREE)


October 6, 2017, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France I: Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel

Claude Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis, Fêtes galantes (premier recueil), Ariettes oubliées
Maurice Ravel: Histoires NaturellesChansons madécasses, Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Samantha Malk, mezzo soprano; Jesse Blumberg, Steven LaBrie, baritone; 
Jill Sokol, flute; Chris Gross, cello Michael Brofman, Brent Funderburk, Miori Sugiyama, piano

Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by Professor Marilyn McCoy (Columbia University): “Debussy and Ravel: Conjuring Sensuality in Sound”

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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November 3, 2017, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France II: Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc

Ernest Chausson: Les Papillon Op. 2 no. 3, Sérénade italienne Op. 2 no. 5, Nocturne Op. 8 no. 1, Le Caravane Op. 14,
Le temps des lilas Op. 19, Chanson Perpétuelle Op. 37
Henri Duparc: Au Pays ou sa fait la guerre, Chanson Triste, Extase, Le Galop, L’Invitation au Voyage, Phidylé, Romance de Mignon, Sérénade, Sérénade Florentine, Testement, La Vague et la Cloche, La vie antérieure

Tami Petty, soprano; Timothy Fallon, tenor; Paul LaRosa, Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; Michael Brofman, piano; Spencer Myer, piano; Members of PhiloSonia

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by composer Daniel Felsenfeld: The French Wagnerites

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December 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France Bonus Concert

A special bonus concert exclusively for season pass holders.


George Auric: 4 Chants de la France Malheureuse
Alfred Bachelet: Chère Nuit
Georges Bizet: Absence, Chanson d’Avril, Pastel
Claude Debussy: Fêtes galantes (deuxieme recueil)
Olivier Messiaen: 3 Mélodies


Justine Aronson, Laura Strickling, soprano; Nils Neubert, tenor; Michael Brofman, Richard Valitutto piano


The Old Stone House, 336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215


(Free with purchase of any La France Festival Pass)


January 5, 2018, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France III: La Belle Epoque

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été
Emmanuel Chabrier: Chanson pour Jeanne, Les yeux bleus, L’Invitation au Voyage
Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Le Secret, Les Roses d’Isphan, Claire de lune, Mandoline
Reynaldo Hahn: A Chloris, L'Énamourée, L’heure exquise, Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Annie Rosen, mezzo soprano; Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Michael Kelly, baritone;  Brad Bailiett, bassoon; Michael Brofman, Dimitri Dover, Daniel Schlosberg, piano

Free preconcert lecture at 7:00PM by Professor Patricia Mainardi (CUNY): Seeing the Belle Époque     

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

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February 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France IV: La France Moderne

Edgard Varèse: Un Grand Sommeil Noir
Henri Dutilleux: 2 Sonnets de Jean Cassou
Jean Barraqué: 3 Mélodies (American Premiere)
Olivier Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi

Sarah Brailey, Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Steven Eddy, baritone; Mike Brofman, Miori Sugiyama, piano

Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by composer Daniel Felsenfeld: Messiaen and His Students

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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March 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm

La France

La France V: Les Six

Georges Auric: Alphabet
Louis Durey: Trois Poèmes de Pétrone
Arthur Honegger: 3 Chansons de la petite sirène
Darius Milhaud: Chansons de Ronsard
Francis Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire; Tel Jour, Telle Nuit
Germaine Tailleferre: 6 Chansons Françaises

Marie Marquis, Laura Strickling, soprano; Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano; Steven Eddy, baritone; 
Michael Brofman, Miori Sugiyama; piano

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by Professor Sylvia Kahan (CUNY): "Les Six and the French mélodie"

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