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Love on the Brink.

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Fogarty squareMelissa Fogarty ~ soprano
Leah Nelson ~ violin
Motomi Igarashi ~ viola da gamba
Jennifer Griesbach ~ harpsichord

Love on the Brink is a program of unrestrained chamber cantatas from the court of Louis XIV, celebrating the stories of two powerful mythological women interpreted by Melissa Fogarty. These two 18th-century cantatas are essentially miniature one-woman operas, with a surprising dramatic heft.

Hailed by The New York Times for her “delirious abandon” onstage, versatile soprano Melissa Fogarty's wide-ranging experience has led her to appear at diverse venues ranging from New York City Opera to popular clubs such as Le Poisson Rouge and City Winery. Known for her lively and elegant interpretations of Baroque music, highlights include King Arthur at New York City Opera, La serva padrona and Agar e Ismaele in esiliate with the Seattle Baroque. She excels at contemporary classical and has been featured in NYCO’s VOX, American Opera Projects, Metropolis Ensemble, and has premiered a number of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. In the “cross-over” realm, Fogarty has been a member of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos since 2008. She is also a founding member of The Highliners Jazz Quintet and performs with them regularly in New York City. Melissa received her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from New York University, is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and has a private music psychotherapy practice.


1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

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