New York Festival Of Song To Present ‘Lyrics of Shakespeare’

By Francisco Salazar
The New York Festival of Song is set to present a concert entitled “Lyrics of Shakespeare.”
The concert scheduled for Oct. 16, 2019 at Merkin Hall is set to present a 75-minute evening that illuminates Shakespeare’s classic poetry with musical settings by Berlioz, Dankworth, Kabalevsky, Poulenc, Sondheim, R. Staruss and others.
The concert will feature soloists  mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell and bass Matt Boehler, actress Kathleen Chalfant and pianist Steven Blier.
“Lyrics by Shakespeare has a double significance for me: it was the first concert we ever did at NYFOS in 1988, and it also marked our debut at Mostly Mozart last summer (with the present cast, in a magical evening). Naomi O’Connell and Matt Boehler are eloquent singing actors, and they formed a deep bond with Kathleen Chalfant, a gentle giant of the American theater,” said Artistic director Blier in a press release. “The enduring power of Shakespeare’s poetry has taken us all to the heights—singers, pianist, actress, as well as our international roster of composers. We knew we had to get the team back together to share it with our Merkin Hall audience, and are reconvening with great joy (and a few new songs too).”