Brooklyn Art Song Society Announces 2018-19 Season

By David Salazar

The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) has announced its 2018-19 season.

Per a press release, the company’s new season will kick off with “American Iconoclasts,” a 5-concert survey of some of America’s most prominent composers. The composers to be honored in composers include Charles Ives (Oct. 5, 2018), Samuel Barber (Nov. 2, 2018), Ned Rorem (Jan. 4, 2019), Aaron Copland (Feb. 1, 2019) and George Gershwin (March 1, 2019). There will also be a concert dedicated to Leonard Bernstein on Dec. 7, 2018.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, 2018; Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, 2019 

In April, the company will showcase composer Daniel Felsenfield in its “In Context” series. The performers include sopranos Marie Marquis and Laura Strickling, as well as mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney.

Performance Dates: April 5, 2019 

The company’s “The Dichter Project” continues with a concert dedicated to Wolf’s “Morike-Lieder.” Pianist Martin Katz works alongside such singers as Amy Petrongelli, Sarah Schafer, Daniel McGrew, Tyler Duncan, and Thomas Meglioranza.

Performance Dates: April 28, May 3, 2019 

The season comes to a close with a “New Voices” concert featuring music written after 2010 by such composers as Michael Djupstrom, Herschel Garfein, Libby Larsen, and David Ludwig. The concert will also feature the world premiere of James Matheson’s Pessoa Songs, “the first-ever settings of acclaimed Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.”

Performance Dates: June 7, 2019