Brooklyn Art Song Society to present ‘Circles II: The Wagnerians’

By Francisco Salazar

Brooklyn Art Song Society will continue its season on Nov 3, 2023 at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn with “Circles II: The Wagnerians.”

The concert, which is curated by Artistic Director Michael Brofman, will pair Wagner’s only song cycle, Wesendonck-Lieder, with works by Ernest Chausson, Henri Duparc, and Hugo Wolf.

The concert will include Duparc’s “La Vague et la Cloche,” Chausson’s “La Caravane,” and Wolf’s “Mörike-Lieder.”

Soprano Tami Petty, mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert, baritones Mario Diaz-Moresco and Brian James Myer, and pianists Dimitri Dover and Spencer Myer perform during the evening. There will also be a lecture by NYU history professor Larry Wolff.

In a statement, Brofman said, “Wagner’s music resonates so deeply because of his ability to capture the feeling of transcendence in his work. The monumental size of his vision brings us, at its best, to a place beyond our everyday understanding. I really feel this program perfectly captures this idea in a focused and direct way.”