Hello, song lovers!
You might want to attend this concert of classical art songs this coming Wednesday, October 10, at Merkin Concert Hall, 8 p.m. See details below and check out the Joy in Singing website for details about their master classes and competition, etc.: joyinsinging.org/
a 501(C)3 non profit organization
Paul Sperry, Music Director
Applications for the 2013 Music Session classes are available. Deadline for applications is
October 31, 2012.
Please see the "Singers: INFORMATION" page
Music session master classes are held in Bruno Walter Auditorium
at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The dates for 2013 are:
Jan 23, 20
Feb. 13, 20, 27
Mar. 13, 20, 27
Tickets on sale at Merkin Concert Hall box office
or online at www.kaufman-center.org
Francis Poulenc [masked]) was the pre-eminent member of "Les Six", a group of composers dedicated to turning French music away from the impressionist movement. He is one of he most important Twentieth-century composers, regarded as a major voice of his time in the realm of French art song.
Joy In Singing's Music Director, Paul Sperry, notes: "While 30 years ago many critics and musicians were willing to dismiss his music as trivial or unadventurous, the opinion is now widely accepted that Poulenc was a minor master who found his personal musical voice early and remained true to it."
Click here for Paul Sperry's complete article
Joy In Singing salutes Francis Poulenc this season. Watch this space for more
as we celebrate his contribution to the twentieth century musical repertoire.
For thirteen years, Joy In Singing was the recipient of the great leadership and creativity of its Board President, Fadlou Shehadi. Sadly, Mr. Shehadi died on February 29, 2012 at the age of 86. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Fadlou planned and executed an astounding double route to his personal fulfillment. Driven by his dual love of philosophy and music he succeeded brilliantly in both areas.
As a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, he taught, and wrote several books and innovative tracts particularly focused on the subject of Islam and the philosophy of Medieval Islamic music. As a deeply talented and skilled baritone, he pursued the study of classical singing in Europe, Canada and the United States working with Pierre Bernac and Jennie Tourel. He performed as a soloist with leading symphonies and chamber orchestras and also sang roles in 'Boris Godunov' and Mozart's 'Idomeneo'. It was, however, his ardent pursuit of art song that brought him at the age of 80 to perform Schubert's 'Winterreise' with Dalton Baldwin at the piano.
His deep commitment to the Mission of Joy in Singing enabled the organization to grow and prosper. He was not only a masterful fund raiser, but his vision of a deeper and more resonant quality of art song performance helped Joy In Singing consistently raise our standards, and encourage educational outreach to the community at large. Fondly, we remember our Board meetings where a roomful of temperamental singers were held to the subject by Fadlou's low and measured voice (and pleading). He was a lovely, elegant man of grace and tact.
We miss him - very much.
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