New York Festival of Song to Present ‘Amor’

By Francisco Salazar

New York Festival of Song is set to present “Amor.”

The concert will be presented on Feb. 15, 2023, at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center and will feature songs by Astor Piazzolla, Kurt Weill, Carlos Guastavino, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Vincenzo Bellini, Hector Berlioz, Stephen Sondheim, and more.

It will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of NYFOS Artistic Director and co-founder Steven Blier’s professional debut. Featured artists will include mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, performing works by Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith; baritenor Michael Spyres, singing Rossini and Berlioz; and bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, who will present Argentinian art song and tango.

Other artists on the program are bass-baritone William Socolof, and pianists Shawn Chang and John Musto as duo-piano partners for Mr. Blier.

Following this performance, New York Festival of Song will present “Mediterranean,” a musical voyage around the Mediterranean Sea, with stops in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia.”