January 17, 2014

The legacy of the Hilliard Ensemble

Recently, the Hilliard Ensemble announced that they will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. The mark they’ve made on the fields of early and new music is huge, and it’s not at all an exaggeration to say that New York Polyphony exists in large part because of the trail they blazed. So, please […]

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July 12, 2013

Glitter and Ribs

A New York Polyphony fan doesn’t have to look far on the internet to learn about our gastronomic adventures. Whether we’re on the road or home in NYC, it’s quite clear: we love to eat. Besides the best local breakfast (which is usually Craig and Geoff’s quest in a new town), we’re always on the […]

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October 27, 2012

Lessons learned

It’s no secret how CHRISTMAS CRAZY I am. So, as the person responsible for programming New York Polyphony’s December concerts, I’m looking at and listening to potential Christmas repertoire…often as early as May. The struggle then is to keep the Christmas tunes off my various media devices as long as possible to avoid the dreaded […]

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September 15, 2012

The six year mark

Happy Birthday, New York Polyphony! Here it is– 6 years to the day since we as a group first opened mouths to sing. Craig Phillips, founding baritone Scott Dispensa and I put some of Denis Stevens’ editions of the Worcester Fragments on their feet at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square for […]

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November 13, 2011

Edits and albums at altitude

Hi fans and friends! Writing this on a plane to Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport, a hub we’ll see probably a dozen times in the next three-five months. This time around it’s for a concert in Waco, Texas. We’ve had a lovely visit to the beautiful State of New Mexico with concerts and workshops in Portales at […]

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October 31, 2011

Fall 2011 in a nutshell

Hi fans, Since I’m sure Craig will be editing this blog before posting, I thought I’d first take the chance to let you all know that he’s really the unsung hero behind making us sound so good in print and looking so good in photos and in all our social media.  He really is amazing. […]

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June 28, 2011

Notatar for “Notatar for eit rekviem”

Greetings for Larvik, Norway! A little post-mortem (literally) about our premiere tonight of “Notatar for eit Rekviem” (Notes for a Requiem).  In short, it’s a stage adaptation of  Odd Klippenvåg ‘s novel about Don Carlo Gesualdo, the innovative composer and Prince of Venosa most famous for murdering his wife and her lover. While his noble status […]

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March 19, 2011

NYP > one-trick ponies

There have been so many exciting developments to report over the past few months that it’s easy to overlook the work we do as individuals. Here’s a quick look at what’s everyone is up to at the moment… CHRIS has a few solo projects on the horizon including a performance with Ensemble for the Romantic […]

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December 3, 2010

Do you want to hear what I hear?

On Thursday, we embarked on our three week “Christmas” tour. (Technically, our tour was supposed to begin on Wednesday, but high winds conspired against us and our flight was canceled.) At three weeks, our tour will be the LONGEST tour NYP has ever attempted. So, it’s anyone’s guess if we’ll be on speaking terms when […]

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August 10, 2010

There and back again

We can’t begin to put in writing the thanks we owe to Andrew Smith–our great friend, composer, and collaborator–for hosting us in the beautiful city of Oslo, Norway last weekend. He and his wife Linn opened their home to the band and presented us in concert at the Oslodomkirke (Oslo Cathedral), a lovely Rococo building […]

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July 24, 2010

To Denmark and beyond

In two weeks we make our continental European debut with two concerts in Denmark in the towns of Thisted and Sulsted and a special performance in the Oslodomkirke in Norway. We’ll send updates during our travels, but a bit about our trip before we venture to Newark International Airport (always a nightmare!) and I get […]

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