Brooklyn Art Song Society to Open with ‘Circles I: Clara, Robert & Johannes’

By Francisco Salazar

The Brooklyn Art Song Society is set to open its 14th season on Oct. 6, 2023 with “Circles I: Clara, Robert, and Johannes.”

The concert is the first installment of a six-part series exploring the musical and social connections between composers throughout music history.

This first installment will center on the complex relationship between Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann. Soprano Elisabeth Marshall, mezzo-soprano Katherine Lerner, baritone Gregory Feldmann, bass-baritone Brian Mextorf, and pianist Joel Harder will join Artistic Director Michael Brofman at the piano.

There will be a lecture by Dean Whiteside, Goethe-Institut New York’s Library and Information Project Manager.

In a statement Brofman said, “It’s always of interest to humanize the composers whose music we love and to understand them not as abstractions but as flesh-and-blood like ourselves. With this particular trio, understanding their personal lives is integral to understanding their music.”