The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
Jane Elizabeth Rady Amy Gluck Anthony Bellov Dayle Vander Sande
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society (BSESS), the vocal arts group-in-residence at the Merchants House Museum (merchantshouse.org), “has been performing nightly at the Merchant’s House since 1835...” to quote former NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. In actuality, the group debuted at the Museum’s annual 19th-century Holiday Party in 2004, and has been heard there ever since, as well as in other venues in the New York Metropolitan Area such as the Washington Square Arch for the City of New York’s relighting ceremony, the Mt. Vernon Hotel and Garden (NYC), the Glenview Mansion/Hudson River Museum (Yonkers), The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site (NYC), Woodlawn Cemetery’s Woolworth Chapel (The Bronx) (in a program commissioned to honor famous composers “residing” there), as well as various private events. The group has also presented special programs at Bentley University (Waltham, MA), the Capitol Theatre (Rome, NY), and the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (Old Saybrook, CT).
BSESS has presented original revues specific to various historic sites and commemorations including Wayfaring Strangers—A Musical Revue of 1820s New-York; We’re Ready for Teddy Again—a 150th Birthday Tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt; and Farewell Father, Friend and Guardian—A Musical Elegy Commemorating President Lincoln’s Passing.
BSESS presents an ongoing, regularly scheduled concert series entitled “Salon Music,” in which historically informed classical and parlor music programs take place in the Merchant’s House Museum’s authentic Greek Revival double parlors. Programs are typically thematic according to holidays and seasons such as Love in the Parlors—A Valentine in Concert; Sing It with Flowers—a 19th-century Serenade to Mother; Spring Fever—The Song Is on the Rose; Midsummer Serenade—Music to Greet the Solstice; Chant Macabre—Songs from the Crypt; and To All, Wassail!—Songs and Stories of the Merry Season.
Taking its name from Euterpe, the mythological muse of lyric poetry and music, BSESS follows the tradition of Euterpean Societies which blossomed in America in the 18th and 19th Centuries and honors the local neighborhood of the Merchant’s House Museum once known as The Bond Street Area, New York City’s first neighborhood developed exclusively for the leading families of the time and home to the most affluent New York families prior to the Civil War.
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