New York Festival of Song to Present ‘Perennials’

By Francisco Salazar

The New York Festival of Song is set to present “Perennials – Songs For Every Season” on Sept. 28, 2023 at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

Co-created and co-hosted by pianists Steven Blier and Peter Dugan, “Perennials” celebrates the steadying power of music to guide us through the year with works by Fauré, Strauss, Toldrà, Sondheim, Carole King, and others.

The program cycles through all four seasons, each one represented by a different country (France, Spain, Germany, and the United States).

The evening will feature soloists Samuel Kidd, Raquel González, Lucia Bradford, and Wm. Clay Thompson with Steven Blier and Peter Dugan on piano.

In a statement, NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier said, “After the narcoleptic haze of summer, the fall season—with its deadlines and obligations—always hits me like a ton of bricks. Perennials is a philosophical look at the joys and challenges of the four seasons, each one represented in a different language: French for autumn, German for winter, Spanish for spring, and English for summer. The music covers the waterfront from Fauré and Strauss to Guridi and Carole King. I’ve had a blast preparing Perennials with pianist Peter Dugan, a wonderful colleague who is rapidly becoming a star in today’s music world. I’m also thrilled with the cast, two of whom are making their Mainstage debuts, Samuel Kidd and Wm. Clay Thompson, and two of whom are returning after giving beautiful performances in recent seasons, Raquel González and Lucia Bradford. They are a tremendous quartet of artists.”