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Feb 7, 2020 7:30 PM

Home IV: Bartók, Kodaly, and Janáček

Bartók and Kodaly were pioneers in ethnomusicology, traveling the countryside in Central and Eastern Europe to preserve Folk Music on early wax records, incorporating what they heard into their musical language. Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared tells a passionate semi-autobiographical love story through the prism of rural Czech life.

February 7, 2020 

The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201  

Pre-Concert Lecture by Larry Wolff (NYU).

About Home: For its 10th season, Brooklyn Art Song Society explores national identity through the prism of song, presenting works by more than a dozen composers that display what it means to be from a place and part of a people.

About BASS: The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its 10th season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2019, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Its mission is to preserve art songs direct expressiveness and emotional honesty for todays audience and future generations.

BASSs innovative and ambitious programming has reached thousands of audience members - lifelong classical music and first-time concert-goers alike. Past programs include performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Hugo Wolf, and multi-concert surveys of the art song canon including Britannica, Wien, and La France. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with and premiered works by important living composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, David Ludwig, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Kurt Rohde, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, and Scott Wheeler, In May 2015, BASS released its first album, New Voices on Roven Records, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts.

Highlights from the 10th anniversary season include Home, a five-concert celebration of what it means to be from a place and of a people, a continuation of The Dichter Project featuring iconic settings of poetry by Friedrich Rückert, and the world-premiere of Daron Hagens The Art of Song, a joint project with Philadelphias LyricFest. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME, San Francisco, and Seattle and has held residencies at University of Notre Dame, University of California-Davis, University of Chicago, and Ithaca College. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue and present a free annual concert at the Brooklyn Public Library. BASS also presents monthly outreach for seniors lacking cultural access through Heights and Hills Senior Services. BASSs artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song.

Béla Bartók - Village Scenes
Zoltan Kodaly - 4 Songs
Leoš Janáček - Diary of One Who Disappeared

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Caitlin Mead - soprano
Kate Maroney, Allison Gish - mezzo soprano
Dominic Armstrong - tenor
Michael Brofman, Joel Harder - piano

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The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Feb 7, 2020 7:30 PM


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