Angel Blue & Anthony Roth Costanzo Headline The Frederick R. Koch Foundation’s ‘Townhouse Series’

By Chris Ruel

The Frederick R. Koch Foundation has announced “The Townhouse Series,” comprising filmed concerts featuring two of opera’s brightest stars, Angel Blue and Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Seven concerts, all filmed at the Foundation’s historic Upper East Side townhouse, feature programs curated by Daniel Schlosberg and produced by ffflypaper. The concerts will become available for streaming throughout the month of December, with the first launching on Dec. 13, 2021. The series will be viewable for free on the Foundation’s YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook sites.

“‘The Townhouse Series’ continues the Foundation’s efforts to support classical musicians during the pandemic by presenting videoed performances at the Foundation’s properties. We hope our series will reach audiences who don’t have access to concert halls, and introduce new audiences to this glorious music and the joy it can bring to listeners,” said Frederick R. Koch Foundation Director and Trustee James Saakvitne in a press release.

While the series offers a wide range of musical experiences, this article highlights the vocal performances.

Soprano Angel Blue kicks off the series, singing Puccini, Richard Strauss, Gershwin, Weill, Hoiby, and traditional songs.

Release date: Dec. 13, 2021

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo serves up another eclectic, century-spanning program, showcasing music by Purcell, Britten, Spears, Liszt, and Gershwin.

Release date: Dec. 14, 2021

Cantata Profana, featuring baritone Dashon Burton, violinist Jacob Ashworth, clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich, and percussionist Caitlin Cawley, will present music by Byrd, Vaughn Williams, Weill, and Locke, among others. Jacob Ashworth serves as Artistic Director.

Release date: Dec. 19, 2021

The Frederick R. Koch Foundation’s mission is to support and inspire the study and appreciation of classical music, theater and film, literature, fine art, photography, the decorative arts, architecture, garden design, cultural history, and the arts and humanities in general.