At Merkin Hall, Music With the Theme of Women as Patrons

moravec_paul.jpgBy BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 13 April 2006]
The New York Festival of Song returned to Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday night with another bundle of vocal music wrapped in an idea. The theme was women as patrons of the arts, or put another way, the composer as protÈgÈ. The program tripped happily through history, naming those who helped the musically important and letting us hear the responses they got.