Top row, left to right: sopranos Marnie Breckenridge and Kristina Bachrach; and cellist Dave Eggar. Middle row, pianists Mike Brofman and Dimitri Dover. Last row, pianist Michael Djupstrom; and baritones Edward Arthur and Jorell Williams.
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) concludes its season on Friday, June 7, with New Voices, its innovative new music series focused on song after 2010. The program features three world premieres, Herschel Garfein’s 3 Rides, David Ludwig’s Songs of the Spirit of Turpentine, and James Matheson’s Pessoa Songs, the first ever settings of acclaimed Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and a BASS commission. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Michael Brofman wanted to keep things simple for this season at The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS). The vocal accompanist and BASS artistic director said the past few years, BASS was becoming more and more extravagant. Two years ago, the Wien festival included 11 composers. Last years “La France” had up to 20 composers, as well as a re-creation of George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” with all the French composers were performing as the promotional image.
Pianist Michael Brofman has earned a reputation as one of the finest vocal accompanists of his generation. As founder of Brooklyn Art Song Society, Michael is gearing up for opening night on October 5. But first, hear how he recovered from a performance-related injury with the expert help of Robert Durso.