Hosted & curated by Richard Eyre
With Nico Muhly
Alicia Hall Moran + Brandon Ross
Magos Herrera + Gyan Riley
Distinguished director Richard Eyre hosts the second National Sawdust+ concert on Friday, January 22 at 7pm. The wonderfully eclectic program, curated by the award-winning British auteur, will explore his musical passions, from classical to contemporary to flamenco-influenced jazz. Vocalists include mezzo Alicia Hall Moran with musicians including guitarist Brandon Ross, performing music from spirituals to Gershwin to Dowland (which she has crossed with a little Smokey Robinson), and Mexican singer-songwriter Magos Herrera, who brings her sultry voice to songs ranging from Latin American folk music to her new setting of a Rubén Darío poem, performed with guitarist Gyan Riley. Eyre has tapped Nico Muhly to play a few of his solo piano pieces as well as works by Philip Glass. Eyre, whose music credits range from Mary Poppins to Carmen, is in town to direct the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Manon Lescaut. National Sawdust+, featuring guest-programmed concerts and surprising talks curated by Elena Park, launched last fall with Julie Taymor’s Made in Brooklyn program as well as conversations with Terry Riley + Francois Girard and Jad Abumrad + Caroline Shaw.
National Sawdust+ is supported in part by a generous grant from the Kaplen Brothers Fund.