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Brooklyn Art Song Society Presents: La France II

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Brooklyn Art Song Society Continues La France with Works by Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc

What: La France II: Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc
When: Friday, November 3, 2017 7:30PM
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Who: Tami Petty, soprano; Timothy Fallon, tenor; Paul LaRosa, Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; 
Michael Brofman, piano; Spencer Myer, piano; Members of PhiloSonia

Program: Ernest Chausson: Les Papillon Op. 2 no. 3, Sérénade italienne Op. 2 no. 5, Nocturne Op. 8 no. 1, Le Caravane Op. 14, Les temps des lilas Op. 19, Chanson Perpetuelle Op. 37 Henri Duparc: Au Pays ou sa fait la guerre, Chanson Triste, Extase, Le Galop, L’Invitation au Voyage, , Phidylé, Romance de Mignon, Sérénade, Sérénade Florentine,, Testement, La Vague et le Cloche, La vie anterieurre

Price: $25/$15

On Friday, November, 3rd 2017, Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) continues its ambitious 5-concert series La France with part two, dedicated to the works of Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc. These composers were the most gifted “French Wagnerites” and both had their careers cut tragically short- Chausson by a biking accident during the prime of his career, and Duparc by a long heartbreaking battle with alcoholism. The result is music that is at once dramatic and lushly romantic, but also poignant and emotionally resonant. The best loved works of these two composers are performed by some of today’s best interpreters of song, including soprano Tami Petty (winner, Joy in Singing), tenor Timothy Fallon (winner, Wigmore International Song Competition, BASS debut) and baritone Paul LaRosa (Metropolitan Opera). This concert will be proceeded by a pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by composer Daniel Felsenfeld.

About La France:
Brooklyn Art Song Society presents five concerts exploring all things French, from masterpieces by Hector Berlioz to American premieres by Jean Barraqué. Spanning the elegant to the existential, the dramatic to the absurd, La France presents over 100 melodies by 20 of the greatest French composers sung by todays best interpreters of song. 

About the Brooklyn Historical Society: 
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.

About Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its eighth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2017, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music.

The New York Times called BASS “a company well worth watching” and Voce di Meche hailed, “as long as BASS is around we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA.” Opera News writes, “Brooklyn Art Song Society keeps the intimate recital alive with innovative programming,” and the New Yorker praised BASS as “uncompromisingly dedicated to continuing the traditions of classical art song, both old and new.”

Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert’s last year, a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six, and the complete output of Hugo Wolf over six seasons. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner, and many others. 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 this season include the five-concert series La France, two world premiere commissions by acclaimed composers Harold Meltzer and Kurt Rohde, a west coast tour, including performances on KING FM 98.1, Seattle’s classical radio station, and an artist residency at University of California- Davis. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME and held residencies at University of Notre Dame and University of Chicago. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue, and also has lasting relationships with National Sawdust and the Brooklyn Public Library. BASS’s artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit

Earlier Event: October 21
Juilliard in the Heights
Later Event: November 18
A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera