New York Festival of Song To Present Blitzstein / Weill Double Bill

By David Salazar

The New York Festival of Song is set to present a performance featuring Marc Blitzstein’s “NO For An Answer” and Kurt Weill’s “Der Silbersee.”

The concert, set for Nov. 19, 2019 at the Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, will feature soprano Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb, tenor Alex Mansoori, and baritone John Brancy alongside pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier.

“Weill and Blitzstein filled the scores for these two theater pieces with songs of great beauty and power,” Blier, who is also the artistic director of the New York Festival of Song, stated in a press release. “Both works were stillborn due to the onset of the Second World War. And both are ripe for a hearing, especially in our current historical moment. A concert presentation with narration strikes me as the best way to get reacquainted with the complex glories of ‘Der Silbersee (Silverlake)’ and ‘No For An Answer.’ The original scripts are somewhat unwieldy, but Lord, how the music soars!”

This is the latest showcase in the New York Festival of Song’s 2019-20 season. Next up is “Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs from Gay Harlem” on Dec. 12, 2019.