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Classical Concrete: March 2019

The Crypt Sessions presents Lucas Meachem, Kindertotenlieder

March 7, 2019 | Wine & Food Tasting 7PM | Show 8PM

Photo Credit: Kevin Condon

American Baritone, Lucas Meachem, and his wife, pianist Irina Meachem, bring Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder to a sold-out audience as part of Unison Media’s award-winning “Crypt Sessions”. Besides a night of world class music and stellar ambience, the evening also included entrancing anecdotes told by the down-to-earth baritone. Lucas recounted a serendipitous karaoke jam session in Paris with opera greats which then lead to a major role offer by the Chicago Lyric Opera.

When: March 7, 2019

Photo Credit: Kevin Condon

Where: The Crypt under the Church of the Intercession in Harlem


Christoph Willibald Gluck: “Le calme rentre dans mon coeur…” from Iphigénie en Tauride
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Onegin’s aria, “Когда бы жизнь домашним кругом” from Eugene Onegin
John Corigliano: “They Wish They Could Kill Me” from The Ghosts of Versailles*

*Meachem won a Grammy in 2017

Aaron Copland: from Old American Songs
   The Boatmen’s Dance
   At the River
   Walls of Zion

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
   Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
   Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
   Wenn dein Mütterlein
   Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
   In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus


Elvis Pressley, Can’t Help Falling In Love

Oh Shenandoah

Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Honors Recital

When: March 21, 2019

Where: Alice Tully Hall

From Juilliard website:

Photo Banner courtesy of The Juilliard School


Winners of the 2018-2019 Vocal Arts Honors perform in duo recital. Each year, singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts are nominated by their teachers to audition and are selected through a competitive audition judged by a distinguished panel. Free concert admission.

Dominik Belavy, Baritone
Richard Fu, Piano

FRANZ SCHUBERT I: Ich schaue mit Sehnen
An den Mond D.259
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360
Des Fischers Liebesglück D.933
An die Laute D.905

Dominik Belavy, Baritone; Richard Fu, Piano; Shakèd Bar, Mezzo-Soprano; Bronwyn Schuman, Piano

FRANZ SCHUBERT II: Seufze still’, und sinne 
Alinde D.904
Nachtstück D.672
Der Winterabend D.938
An den Mond D.296

FRANZ SCHUBERT III: Sie heist die Sehnsucht! Kennt ihr sie? 
From Schwanengesang
Die Taubenpost D.957

100 Years of Israeli Music – Between Folk Song and Art Song
(Note: some songs in this program were not available on Spotify and songs were replaced by other works by the composer or omitted)

Shakèd Bar, Mezzo-Soprano
Bronwyn Schuman, Piano

MOSHE RAPAPORT Khalamti et Shirat Hazamir

DAVID ZEHAVI Orkha bamidbar (from Twelve Songs of the Land)


TZVI AVNI Echezu Lanu Shualim (from Three Songs from Song of Songs)


NIRA CHEN (Arr: Menachem Wiesenberg) Dodi Li


PAUL BEN-HAIM Hakhnissini Tachat Knafech        

from Be’ad Ha’eshnav [World premiere, commissioned by The Juilliard School]
Edat Re’iya

from Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord
Shiru l’Adonai Shir Chadash 

Joy in Singing, The Art Song Institute

What: 2019 International Art Song Competition, Final Round

When: March 22, 2019 at 11 AM

Where: Bruno Walter Auditorium, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

For more information, visit

All Finalists and Judges with Joy in Singing President, Elizabeth de Trejo

Mission of Joy in Singing

At Joy In Singing, The Art Song Institute, our mission is to nurture the Love, Knowledge and
Vitality of Classical Song through Education and Performance.

We Implement our Mission by:

  • Developing and refining exceptional vocal talent by offering workshops and training in all facets of song and song performance, including history, technique, interpretation and deportment.
  • Supporting and celebrating the art and the artists from every nation through the Joy In
    Singing International Art Song Competition. Winners receive a New York Debut Recital,
    and a $3,000 Cash Prize, Finalists receive a $500 Cash Prize and performance opportunities.
  • Promoting and Inspiring our Artists, Collaborative Pianists and Audiences through our Song as a Second Language, SongSalon, and Community Outreach programs

Wednesday March 13 & Thursday March 14 at 11:00 am Preliminary Auditions @ Saint John’s in the Village Adjudicators: Elizabeth de Trejo, Alta Malberg

Martin Néron, Lucy Shelton, Cristina Stanescu

Wednesday March 20 at 10:00 am Semifinal Round @ Saint John’s in the Village Adjudicators: Amy Burton, Margaret Cusack, Ben Moore Glenn Morton, Cameron Stowe, Cristina Stanesc

Friday March 22 at 11:00 am

Final Round @ Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

Adjudicators: Edith Bers, Warren Jones

Catherine Malfitano, Lucy Shelton, Cristina Stanescu

Finals Program

Winners: Pianist Nathaniel LaNasa and Baritone Gregory Feldmann


Liederkreis Op. 39 (Eichendorff)                                                     Robert Schumann

  1.    In der Fremde                                                                     
  2.    Intermezzo
  3.    Waldesgespräch
  4.    Die Stille
  5.    Mondnacht
  6.    Schöne Fremde 
  7.    Auf einer Burg
  8.    In der Fremde 
  9.    Wehmut
  10.    Zwielicht
  11.    Im Walde
  12.    Frühlingsnacht

Nachtstück D.672 (Johann Mayrhofer)                                            Franz Schubert
Erlkönig D. 328 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)                            

from Apparition                                                                              George Crumb
The Night in Silence Under Many a Star (Walt Whitman)
from Three Early Songs
Night (Robert Southey)

from Liederkreis Op. 39 (Eichendorff)                                            Robert Schumann
III.     Waldesgespräch                                                                 

La lune paresseuse (Charles de Bussy)                                              Cécile Chaminade

Unbewegte laue Luft (Georg Friedrich Daumer)                              Johannes Brahms

Cäcilie (Heinrich Hart)                                                                    Richard Strauss


Ganymed D.544 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)                            Franz Schubert
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360 (Johann Mayrhofer)  
Der Musensohn D.764 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

from Clairières dans le ciel (Francis Jammes)                               Lili Boulanger

  1. Elle était descendue au bas de la prairie                                  
  2. Elle est gravement gaie
  3. Au pied de mon lit

The Bustle in a House (Emily Dickinson)                                         William Bolcom
Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night (Walt Whitman)                            Ned Rorem
Stay in my Arms (Marc Blitzstein)                                                  Marc Blitzstein

from Poema en forma de canciones (Campoamor)                       Joaquin Turina

  1. Nunca olvida                                                                             
  2. Cantares
  3. Los dos miedos
  4. Las locas por amor

Homenaje a Lope de Vega

Op.90 (Lope Felix de Vega Carpio)   Joaquin Turina
Cuando tan hermosa osmiro                                                      
Si con mis deseos
Al val de Fuente Ovejuna
Neue Liebe Op19. No.4 (Heinrich Heine)                                         Felix Mendelssohn
Der Mond Op.86. No.5 (Emanuel von Geibel)                                
Frühlingslied Op.47. No.3 (Nikolaus Lenau)

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Alfred Lord Tennyson)                   Roger Quilter
Take, Oh Take those Lips Away (William Shakespeare)                
Love’s Philosophy (Percy Bisshey Shelley)

O Never Sing to Me Again Op.4 No.4 (Aleksandr Pushkin)            Sergei Rachmaninoff
It’s Lovely Here! Op.21. No.7 (Glafira Galina)                               
Spring Waters Op.14 No.11 (Fyodor Tyutchev)


Sommerfäden Op.2 no.1 (Dora Leen)                                               Franz Schreker
Und wie mag die Liebe? (Rainer Maria Rilke)                                
Stimmen des Tages Op.2 no.2 (Ferdinand von Saar)

Tod in Ähren Op.8 no.4 (Detlev von Liliencron)                              Alexander von Zemlinsky
Nun schwillt der See so bang (Paul Wertheimer)                            
Entbietung Op.7 no.2 (Richard Dehmel)
Afrikanischer Tanz Op.20 no.6 (Josef Stern after Langston Hughes)

from The AIDS Quilt Songbook
Fury (Susan Snively)                                                                    Donald Wheelock
The Flute of Interior Time (Karbir trans. Robert Bly)                 John Harbison
Walt Whitman in 1989 (Perry Brass)                                          Chris DeBlasio

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