Stephanie Blythe Sings Brahms

Program & Artists

All-Brahms Program
Alto Rhapsody
Symphony No. 1

Leon Botstein conductor
Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue tenor
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell choral director


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Part of TŌN’s Fisher Center concert series

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, artistic director of Bard Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, joins TŌN for an all-Brahms concert. She performs his profound and dramatic Alto Rhapsody, based on a Goethe poem, which he composed as a wedding gift for the daughter of Robert and Clara Schumann, for whom he once carried a torch. The program also includes tenor Joshua Blue in the sweeping cantata Rinaldo, inspired by another Goethe poem about a knight who has been enchanted by a cunning sorceress. And we conclude with Brahms’ masterful First Symphony, which the composer toiled over for 14 years before its debut performance.

These concerts will also be livestreamed on TŌNtube.

Concert Details

>Read the concert program

Brief remarks by TŌN cellist Jihyun Hwang

Johannes Brahms Rinaldo
Joshua Blue tenor
Bard Festival Chorale
42 min
>Read concert notes by TŌN horn player Ziming Zhu

Brief remarks by TŌN flutist Jordan Arbus

Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano
Bard Festival Chorale
13 min
>Read concert notes by TŌN oboist Quinton Bodnár-Smith

20 min

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1
47 min
>Read concert notes by TŌN flutist Olivia Chaikin

All timings are approximate.

Sample the Music

Brahms Rinaldo

Brahms Alto Rhapsody

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Photo: Stephanie Blythe

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