The WFMT Radio Network

WFMT Radio Network

The WFMT Radio Network

New York Festival of Song

New York Festival of Song

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is a non-profit, concert-giving organization based in Manhattan that has been delighting audiences and dazzling critics for over two decades.  Newsday has rightly called NYFOS “the most reliably excellent musical organization in New York.” 

NYFOS performances feature some of the world’s finest vocal talents, such as series host Frederica von Stade, in high-energy ensemble productions with repertoire ranging from art song and opera to Broadway and the blues. NYFOS also nurtures the artistry and careers of young singers in residencies with The Juilliard School, Caramoor Center for the Arts, San Francisco Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera.

“No Song is Safe from Us” will invite the radio listener into the uniquely intimate and dramatic world of the NYFOS concert experience, with sparkling and informative commentary from Artistic Director Steven Blier and Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett.  The series will also feature rare, never before broadcast performances from the legendary Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson.


NYFOS’s dramatically-charged thematic programming and its commissions and premieres of new American works reach a wider public through national and international tours, recordings and broadcasts; NYFOS’s New York concert series remains a destination for lovers of vocal music from across the globe.


New York Festival of Song presents “No Song is Safe from Us” is available free of charge.   For more information, please contact Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, e-mail:


For more information, visit the New York Festival of Song "radio page".

Also, watch video clips from past performances:


Rags to Riches

New York Poets, Poets Without Heroes

Latin Lovers

Broadcast Schedule — Winter 2011

Revised 1/28/2011

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-01
RELEASE: January 1, 2011
New York Poets

Amy Burton, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; Philip Cutlip, baritone; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano

Berg/O’Hara: Lana Turner Has Collapsed Is It Dirty
Bolcom/Weinstein: She’s Peculiar I’m His At the Last Lousy Moments of Love
Rorem/Ashberry: At North Farm This Room
Richardson/Elmslie: What Will I Do Now He’s Gone
Duke/Latouche: Little Poppa Satan
Rorem/Goodman: Rain in Spring The Lordly Hudson
Bolcom/Weinstein: Boardwalk Scene
Thomson/Koch: Prayer to St. Catherine
|Beaser/O’Hara: I’m So Much More Me
Lieber/Stoller: Love Potion Number 9

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-02
RELEASE: January 8, 2011

TITLE: Latin Lovers

SOLOISTS: Dina Kuznetsova, Elizabeth Caballero, Jennifer Aylmer, sopranos; Adriana Zabala, Vivica Genaux, mezzo-sopranos; Paul Appleby, Jeffrey Picon, tenors; Carlton Ford, Scott Hendricks, baritones; Ricardo Herrera, bass-baritone; Rupert Boyd, Oren Fader, guitar; Eric Roberts, Jim Baker, percussion; Steven Blier, pianist and arranger

Ginastera: Cancion del arbol del olvido
Pixinguinha: Carinhoso
Lecuona: Como el arrullo de palmas
Somehano: Dime
Braga: Engenho novo!
Simons: La negra quirina
Grenet: Lamento cubano Tu no sab ingle
Nazareth: Odeon
Gustavino: Viniendo de Chlecito
Gardel: Por una cabeza
Lopez-Buchardo: Cancion del Carretero

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-03
RELEASE: January 15, 2011

TITLE: From Rags to Riches, I

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; William Burden, tenor; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano

Joplin: Pineapple Rag
Cook: My Lady Frog
Griffes: Evening Song
Ives: Tom Sails Away
Gershwin: O Gee! Oh Joy!
Blitzstein: Nickel Under the Foot Stay in My Arms
Blake: Hit the Road
Weill: Thousands of Miles
Bernstein: Wrong Note Rag

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-04
RELEASE: January 22, 2011

TITLE: From Rags to Riches, II

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; William Burden, tenor; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano

Rodgers: Take the Moment
Monk: ‘Round Midnight
Sondheim: Ballad of Booth
Newman: Marie
Larson: Hosing the Furniture
Bolcom: New York Lights
DeBlasio: Walt Whitman in 1989
Krane: How Can I Keep From Singing

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-05
RELEASE: January 29, 2011
Title: Lorraine

SOLOISTS: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano; Steven Blier, piano; Michael Barrett, piano

Weill: One Life to Live
Schumann: Himmel und Erde Copland: Going to Heaven!
Burleigh: Deep River
Mahler: Urlicht
Turina: Farruca
Ravel: Vocalise-Habanera
Luna: De España vengo
Gordon: I’m Open All Night
Bolcom: How to Swing Those Obbligatos Around, Never More Will the Wind

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-06
RELEASE: February 5, 2011

TITLE: Fugitives

SOLOISTS: Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; Steven Blier, piano

Korngold: Sommer My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun
Zemlinsky: Meeraugen
Tucholsky: Sleepless Lady
Weill: Lottery Agent’s Tango How Can You Tell an American? Love Song Wie lange noch?
Hollander: Black Market
Eisler: Peace Song Der Graben
Jokl: Abendlied
Ullmann: Schoene Hand

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-07
RELEASE: February 12, 2011

TITLE: Paris at Night

SOLOISTS: Frederica von Stade and Helene Delavault, mezzo-sopranos; Kurt Ollman, baritone; Steven Blier, piano and arranger; William Schimmel, accordion; Kevin Kuhn, guitar

Louiguy: La vie en rose
Guilbert: Partie carree La crinoline
Brel: La tendresse Madeleine Les paumes du petit matin
Andre/Poterat: Si j’etait une cigarette
Brown: Je cherche un millionaire
Carcel: Le tango stupefiant
Mireille: Ferme jusqu’a lundi
Porter: You Don’t Know Paree
Trenet: L’ame des poetes Boum/Y a d’la joie
Monnot: Hymne a l’amour

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-08
RELEASE: February 19, 2011

TITLE: All Together Now

SOLOISTS: Jane Archibald and Leena Chopra, sopranos; Alexandra Montano and Christianne Rushton, mezzo-sopranos; Javier Abreu and William Ferguson, tenors; James Martin and Evan Rogister, baritones; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

Jannequin: Les cris de Paris
Mendelssohn: Zigeunerlied
Montano: Bermuda Triangle
Holst: Song of the Blacksmith
Larson: Hey You
Hogan: Ezequiel Saw the Wheel
Hogan: Ain’t That Good News
Taylor: I Wish I knew How It Feels to Be Free
Wilson/Usher: In My Room
Madsen/Greene: Trash
Bowles: The Garden Section from Picnic Cantata

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-09
RELEASE: February 26, 2011

TITLE: Poets Without Heroes

SOLOISTS: Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Nicolai Janitzky, baritone; Steven Blier, piano; Juliette Kang, violin; Thomas Kraines, cello; Kathleen Chalfant, narrator

Sviridov: I Left My Home Behind Russia Cast Adrift Song of the Final Meeting
Cui: Statue at Tsarskoye-Selo
Shostakovich: Storm Secret Signs Music
Rachmaninoff: The Little Island

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-10
RELEASE: March 5, 2011

TITLE: Lost Tribes of Vaudeville

SOLOISTS: Judy Kaye, mezzo-soprano; LaChanze, soprano; Anika Noni Rose, soprano; Bruce Adler, tenor; Darius de Haas, tenor; James Martin, baritone; Steven Blier, piano; Alan R. Kay, clarinet; Greg Utzig, guitar

Muir: Play That Barbership Chord
Jordan: Lovey Joe Nelson/Pease/
Leonard: Josephine-a Please No Leana on the Bell
Yrain: My Man My Sam
Ruby: The Sheik of Avenue B
Warshauer: Dinah
Kanapoff: Houtsasa
Nemo: Abi Gesint
Traditional: Ot Azoy
Secunda: Bei Mir Bist du Schoen

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-11
RELEASE: March 12, 2011

TITLE: Kurt Weill’s Berlin

SOLOISTS: Constance Hauman, soprano; Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano; Peter Kazaras, tenor; Greg Utzig, guitar and banjo; Steven Blier, piano and arranger

Hollaender: Wenn der alte Motor wieder tackt, Tritt mir bloss nicht auf der Schuh, Oh Just Suppose
Bienert: Augen in die Gross-Stadt, Parc Monceau, Song of Indifference
Weill: Shopgirls’ Duet, Der Song von Mandelay, Nana’s Lied, Berlin im Licht
Eisler: There’s Nothing Quite Like Money

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-12
RELEASE: March 19, 2011

TITLE: Romance in the Belle Epoque

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollman, baritone; Steven Blier, piano

Massenet: Ouvre tes yeux bleus Le nid
Chabrier: Les cigales
Paladilhe: Psyche Faure: En sourdine
Roussel: Sarabande
Hahn: Infidelite
Mozart: La ci darem la mano (in French)

PROGRAM #: FOS 11-13
RELEASE: March 26, 2011

TITLE: A Modern Person’s Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up

SOLOISTS: Jennifer Zetlan and Meredith Lustig, sopranos; Rebecca Jo Loeb and Renee Tatum, mezzo-sopranos; Paul Appleby and Alex Mansoori, tenors; Paul La Rosa and David McFerrin, baritones; Marc Webster, bass; Tae-Hee Im, violin; Heidi Schaul-Yoder, violin; Andrea Hemmenway, viola; Min-Jeong Kang, cello; Steven Blier, piano and arranger; Michael Barrett, piano

Cummings: May I Feel, Said She
Loesser: Standing on the Corner
Bienert: “That”
Bolcom: I Knew a Woman
Kleban: Do It Yourself
Sellars: JNNY
Guettel: The Light in the Piazza
Kern: Some Girl Is On Your Mind
Previn: Vocalise
Springsteen: Ain’t Got You
Madsen/Greene: Through the Wall
Lehrer: Masochism Tango
Kahane: Neurotic and Lonely