Lyric Fest of Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Art Song Society have joined to co-commission an evening-long song cycle for six singers and piano 4-hands that Daron is calling The Art of Song. At the keyboard will sit two distinguished collaborative pianists, both artistic directors of their teams—Laura Ward of Lyric Fest and Michael Brofman of Brooklyn Art Song Society. Six hand-picked singers will launch this 70-minute-long cornucopia of song.
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“My first pairings of words and music were in the form of the score and lyrics to “Together,” a rock musical that I staged in August 1976. My first meeting of words by someone else was completed on my birthday that year—a setting of Dylan Thomas’ poem “In the Beginning” for mixed chorus and piano that I ultimately conducted the first performance of a few years later.
During the ensuing four decades I set literally hundreds of poets and prose writers, advertisements, transcripts, diaries, newspaper articles, and lists to music—even the libretti of a couple of high-powered poets.Now, in my fifties, I’ve begun setting my own words again, and have embraced the broad stylistic eclecticism that so excellently serves the song repertoire.
“The Art of Song” is a summation of what I’ve learned about setting words to music since those summer days in ‘76; it opens a new door in my life as a vocal composer by surveying my past, offering, in its final stretch, a glimpse of the sort of vocal music I’d like to spend the final act of my life as a composer creating.”