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Old Stone House & Washington Park presents world premiere of Earthquakes and Islands

May 18, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tyler Duncan, Baritone. Photo courtesy of Tyler Duncan
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On Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m., Brooklyn’s historic Old Stone House at 336 3rd Street in Park Slope will present the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s world premiere of Andrew Staniland’s “Earthquakes and Islands,” a co-commission with the Casement Fund Song Series.  

This work by one of Canada’s most esteemed young composers features settings of the strange, beautiful and brutally honest poetry of Robin Richardson.  Staniland’s music has been called “alternately beautiful and terrifying” by The New Yorker, and Richardson has been praised as “one of the best young poets of her generation.”  

Acclaimed Canadian singers Martha Guth and Tyler Duncan will be joined by pianists Michael Brofman and Erika Switzer.

The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music.  The New York Times called BASS “a company well worth watching,” and Voce di Meche boasted, “as long as BASS is around, we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA.”  

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BASS’s innovative programming is epic in scope yet presented in intimate settings. Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert’s last year, a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six and an ongoing project to present the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf.

The Old Stone House & Washington Park was the site of the largest battle of the Revolutionary War and was also the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  It is now an active educational, cultural and recreation site that serves as a vibrant community resource. 

To learn more about the Old Stone House, and for a list of all upcoming events, see


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