‘Gypsy’ Culture Takes Over Brooklyn Art Song Society’s ‘Roma Concert’

By David Salazar

The Brooklyn Art Song Society will open its 10th season with “Roma” at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Oct. 4, 2019.

The performance will feature soprano Tami Petter, mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, baritone Michael Kelly, and violinist Stanichka Dimitrova. Pianists Michael Brofman and Nana Shi will accompany at the piano.

The central theme of the showcase will be the “Gypsy” culture that became a phenomenon in the 19th century. To that effect, the program will include such music as Brahms’ “Zigeunerlider,” Dvorak’s “Zigeunermelodien,” Liszt’s “Die Drei Zigeuner,” Ravel’s “Tzigane,” and Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen.”

“In selecting the repertoire for Home, besides trying to find music that was great in and of itself regardless of the theme, I also looked for music that, rather than simply using local color or nationalist motifs, had something to say more broadly about this idea of Home, about what it means to be from a place and part of a people,” noted Brofman, who is Brooklyn Art Song Society’s Artistic Director. “I hope our audience comes away with an understanding of Home as more of an idea than a location, a sense of belonging and being part of something larger that transcends mere tribe and is really a universal feeling we all share.”

The event will feature a free pre-concert lecture by Cristiana Grigore of Roma’s People’s Project.