The Crypt Sessions

Joseph Parrish

Songs & Spirituals

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

‍Performance #1
Wine & Cheese Reception:
6:30 - 7:30PM
Concert: 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Performance #2
Wine & Cheese Reception:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Concert: 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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the long version

Joseph Parrish is blessed with a transfixing bass-baritone voice, and a staggering talent to go along with it. Having already graced DoC audiences with his time-stopping solo part in our massive Fauré Requiem Cemetery performances, he now descends to the Crypt for an intimate, soulful set of art songs and spirituals (accompanied by Francesco Barfoed and accompanying himself at the piano for the latter part).

The short version

Let this fast-rising, one-in-a-generation vocal talent sweep you away in the Crypt.

The Program

The Music

Calling You (B. Telson)

Elysium (H.T. Burleigh)
You ask me if I love You?
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein (F. Liszt)

Her Eyes Twin Pools (H.T. Burleigh)*
The Glory of the Day was in Her Face*
Unbewegte laue Luft (J. Brahms)

A Song without Words (C. Brown)

Urlicht (G. Mahler)
My Good Lord’s Done Been Here (M. Hogan)
Deep River
City Called Heaven (H. Johnson)
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (G. Mahler)

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The Artists

The Performers

Joseph Parrish

Winner of the 2022 YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, Joseph Parrish is a Baltimore native and holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. As a current artist diploma candidate in opera studies at the Juilliard School, Mr. Parrish is passionate about giving back to the various communities that have nurtured him. He is a Music Advancement Program chorus teaching fellow, Gluck Community Service Fellow, and Morse Teaching Artist. Mr. Parrish is also a member of the inaugural cohort of Shared Voices, an initiative designed to address diversity, equity, and inclusion through collaboration between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, top conservatories, and schools of music in the United States with the Denyce Graves Foundation.

Francesco Barfoed

Francesco Barfoed is a Danish pianist, born and raised in Copenhagen. Ayoung artist on the rise, he frequently collaborates with singers and has twice won theYCA International Auditions; in 2020 with mezzo-soprano Megan Moore and in2022 with baritone Joseph Parrish. Megan and Francesco also won 1st prize in theCopenhagen Lied-Duo Competition, and toured in the 21-22 season with theirrecital, I SEE LIGHT, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, among others.

In 2022, Francesco participated in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, co-arranged and performed a two-piano version of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, won the Vocal Arts Honors Recital at Juilliard, performed alongside New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier as a Schwab Rising Star at Caramoor, and was an Opera Coaching fellow at Aspen Music Festival.

Francesco is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School, where he also completed a master’s degree as a Kovner Fellow. He holds degrees from The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Rutgers University, where he won the concerto competition in 2018.

Francesco holds Italian citizenship, and is fluent in Danish, Italian, and English.