Saturday, March 3, 2018
PROTEST is as good as anything Steve Blier and NYFOS have ever done, and that’s a crazily high bar to reach. Righteously angry and seductively beautiful, simply presented, yet profoundly impactful, it is ecumenical in a way that is constantly surprising and fulfilling to the human spirit in a dark time. It stiffens the spine as it fill the air with beautiful music. — Jack Viertel, author of The Secret Life of the American Musical; Artistic Director of the Encores! Series at New York’s City Center
Thirty years ago, Steven Blier and Michael Barrett embarked on a mission to redefine the song recital, mixing elements of theater, scholarship, fun, and great voices. Now the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is legend—both for the unforgettable concerts and the legion of brilliant young vocalists who have been mentored by Steven and Michael.
This March, NYFOS bring their 30th Anniversary tour to Hudson with PROTEST, an evening of defiant, passionate, and ironic songs that touch on some of the hot-button issues in today’s news: the rights of Latinos, Latinas, Muslims, Jews, and the gay community; the plights of exiles and refugees; and the survival of the earth itself. A panorama of composers, from Marc Blitzstein and Joni Mitchell to Randy Newman and Mohammed Fairouz, take an eloquent stand for equality, peace, and rationality.