Tenor Daniel McGrew to Debut at Merkin Hall This December

By David Salazar

Tenor Daniel McGrew and pianist Sophia Zhou will present a recital at the Merkin Hall at Kaufmann Music Center in New York City on Dec. 8, 2022.

The showcase will feature a performance of Brahms’ “Deutsche Volkslieder” WoO33, Debussy’s “Trois mélodies de Verlaine,” Christopher Berg’s “Songs to poems by Frank O’Hara,” Britten’s “The Holy Sonnets of John Donne,” songs by Harold Arlen, and the world premiere of “Pieces of You” by Nina Shekhar.

“These songs by Brahms, Beamish, Debussy, Britten and others—songs from across cultures, time and space—are windows onto a very present experience: we hear in them a probing voice, an ‘I’ in search of itself,” McGrew said in an official press statement. “Plagued by love and loss, gripped with desire, driven by faith and haunted by doubt, these songs are every bit as ambiguous and ambivalent as we are. And if they do not answer our questions or teach us precisely who and how to be, they do something as least as valuable in making us less alone.”

McGrew has performed with such organizations as the Brooklyn Art Song Society, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Mirror Visions Ensemble, New York Festival of Song, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the University Musical Society, among others.