Music accompanied the creative lives of many modern artists and designers in the circle of Florence Knoll. This richly textured concert will feature American songs in the popular and jazz idioms, and international cabaret music that would have emanated from the record players and clubs of the day. Robert Osborne, accompanied by pianist Richard Gordon, will perform familiar and lesser-known works by such composers as Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Nina Rota, and Rodgers and Hart. Melissa Gerstein will join Mr. Osborne for a duet.
Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, has sung over fifty roles in operas from Bernstein to Weill. His solo recordings include Schubert’s Winterreise and songs of Henry Cowell and John Alden Carpenter. He is on the faculties of Barnard and Vassar Colleges.

Richard Gordon is a pianist who has performed with opera companies including
Washington (DC), New Orleans, Pusan (Korea), St. Louis, and Chautauqua.

Melissa Gerstein, mezzo-soprano, is gallery outreach educator at the BGC.