LIVE Concert Stream
Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Love, Desire & Mystery — Il Parle, Elle Chante
With Tedd Firth on piano
Part I: Love
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Streamed LIVE from FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Recommended by The New York Times!
Acclaimed Broadway actress and chanteuse Melissa Errico, working in collaboration with New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, presents a series of three concerts weaving together music and conversation.
The trio of concerts delves into every aspect of the great French obsession: l’amour fou, or crazy, overpowering, all-consuming love. Through these evenings Errico and Gopnik investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.
The first concert of the series on Wednesday, October 14 centers on love, a special preoccupation in France. It begins with the invention of the love song in the feminist medieval court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and winds its way through the long history of the French cult of love.
Melissa Errico will present her favorite French love songs—including Michel Legrand’s “Valse des Lilas,” among others—as well as examples of the American love of France, including Cole Porter’s “I Love Paris,” Sondheim’s portrait of Seurat, and additional delectable surprises.
Errico will also perform the world premiere of a love song written by Adam Gopnik and David Shire from a musical they are developing about Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Part II Desire and Part III Mystery of this three-part series will be announced later this fall.
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“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her silken voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is an actress, singer, and author.
First known for her starring roles on Broadway, her latest album Sondheim Sublime was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.”
Nothing in her work has been more constant than her association with Michel Legrand. Having starred in his sole Broadway show, Amour, she was asked to write his eulogy by The New York Times—where she is a frequent contributor—and was then invited to become the sole American performer to participate in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April at Paris’s Le Grand Rex Theatre, work that led one critic to announce that, “Errico is, and will continue to be, the premier interpreter of the musical legacy of Michel Legrand.” This fall 2019, Ghostlight Records reissues her symphonic album, which Legrand arranged & conducted, as Legrand Affair Deluxe Edition.
Errico previously collaborated with FIAF in 2019, curating the popular CinéSalon series Summer of Michel Legrand that honored the great French composer.
Adam Gopnik is an American writer, essayist, journalist, and commentator. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986, writing non-fiction, fiction, memoir, and criticism.
Gopnik is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.
In March 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.
Gopnik’s newest book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, was released in Spring 2019.
Tedd Firth is a New York City–based musical director, pianist, and arranger, and a long-time collaborator of Melissa Errico
Recent highlights include being the musical director for the reunion of the original Broadway cast of Into The Woods at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, as well as serving as musical director for Michael Feinstein’s “Jazz and Popular Song” concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
In New York City, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Cafe Carlyle, and Feinstein’s at the Regency. Numerous national appearances include a performance at the White House. Television appearances include The Today Show, Live From Lincoln Center, and All My Children.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Firth’s work has been performed by major American symphony orchestras as well as Liza Minnelli. In 2013, the New York Pops commissioned Firth to create new orchestrations for A Charlie Brown Christmas which have been performed numerous times across the country in subsequent years.