Brooklyn Art Song Society to Perform ‘Les Six’

By Francisco Salazar

On Jan. 5, 2024, the Brooklyn Art Song Society is set to present “Circles IV: Les Six” at First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn.

This installment will focus on a group of six young composers who rebelled against the status quo in the first part of the 20th century. The concert will feature music by Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre.

In a statement, Artistic Director Mike Brofman said, “Les Six only officially existed for a few short years. After a small number of co-composed projects yielded nothing of substance, the composers went their separate ways. Nonetheless, the idea of Les Six, of open rebellion against convention and modern music representing modern life, lived on, having an irreversible impact on the development of music in the 20th- Century.”

Sopranos Sara LeMesh and Amy Owens, mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo, baritone Michael Kelly, and pianists Michael Brofman and Miori Sugiyama perform, following a pre-concert lecture, also given by Artistic Director Michael Brofman.