NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG celebrates its 25-year history with a SILVER ANNIVERSARY GALA on Monday, April 8 at 7:00PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, followed by an elegant supper at the '21' Club.
NYFOS artistic director and pianist Steven Blier plays host to a star-studded lineup of friends with musical backgrounds as diverse as NYFOS itself. Gracing the stage are three leading ladies: Sylvia McNair, the elegant two-time Grammy Award-winner at home on the world's finest opera, concert and cabaret stages; the inimitable Mary Testa, singing actress and comedienne, Drama Desk Award-winner of Broadway and off-Broadway acclaim; and two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway favorite Judy Kaye, currently featured in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Rounding out the guest performers is the soulful, versatile, and Obie Award-winning tenor Darius de Haas, who recorded a widely-praised album, Quiet Please (Bridge Records), with Steven Blier in 2010.
Since its journey began a quarter of a century ago, NYFOS, founded by pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett in 1988, has been hailed throughout the world for its artistic contributions. "New York Festival of Song reinvented the song recital," wrote The New Yorker. "One of the longstanding delights of the New York music scene," offered The New York Times, while New York Magazine lauded NYFOS for the "best classical programming in New York."
Marking the end of another successful season, and paying tribute to its rich history, this year's spring gala serves as the major fundraising event for the season, and contributions to the event help keep the music playing at NYFOS events for years to come.