A typical set from singer and pianist Gabriel Kahane might include a classical composition, an excerpt from his musical February House, and one of his pop songs. Kahane performs one of each in a stirring performance in the studio. Now, you can spend time and energy trying to figure out which is which, or you can do what Kahane does -- and just enjoy the music wherever it comes from.
Kahane talks about 7 Middagh Street, the now-demolished Brooklyn Heights home that inspired February House. In the early 1940s, the Victorian building played host to a star-studded commune of art-world roomies, including poet W.H. Auden, composer Benjamin Britten and the novelist Carson McCullers. Kahane's February House ran at the Public Theater earlier this year and spawned a cast recording released in October.
Stephanie Hayes and Erik Lochtefeld in February House, music and lyrics by Gabriel Kahane, book by Seth Bockley, and directed by Davis McCallum, running at The Public Theater. (photo credit: Joan Marcus)