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"How many concerts
have the narrative
power of exciting
theater?
How
many concerts
offer such a rich
sense of discovering
new and vital music?
This is what we want all
concerts to be, though
we know it rarely
happens. An evening
of discovery and
enchantment,
a
reminder of how
illuminating a journey
a great song can be."
— NY Daily News

 

NYFOS Next

A Festival for New Songs

“a breath of fresh air on the scene of serious vocal music." — Q ON STAGE

NYFOS Next looks to the future, opening a forum for the next generation of song composers and interpreters. Now in its fifth season, this "invaluable contemporary-music series" (The New Yorker) takes the longstanding NYFOS tradition of presenting new work, and puts it in the hands of the composers themselves. Each composer becomes a curator, building an hour-long program that features his/her own works and those of colleagues and students. The composer also acts as host of the evening. This approach has allowed NYFOS to expand the perspectives of its two Artistic Directors, creating room for multifarious approaches to vocal music.

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7pm:  David T. Little & Friends

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7pm: An Evening with Manhattan School of Music

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7pm:  Lowell Liebermann & Friends


OPERA America's National Opera Center

330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street), New York, NY

Subscriptions to the 3-concert festival, $50

Single tickets $20, for purchase below >

Seating is general admission. Tickets will be held at will call for pickup on the evening of each concert. Tickets not claimed ten minutes prior to each concert may be released to patrons on standby.

nyfos next performance

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7pm:  David T. Little & Friends

OPERA America's National Opera Center

330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street), New York, NY

One of “the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker) with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times), David T. Little makes his NYFOS debut, opening the 2016 edition of NYFOS Next. The first of three concerts in the series, Little hosts and curates an evening featuring new works of his own and the songs of his friends and colleagues. Little's operas Soldier Songs and Dog Days have received wide critical acclaim, the latter having received performances this season at Fort Worth Opera and Los Angeles Opera and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years.” Little's “sharp, elegantly bristling” music (New York Magazine) is potent and dramatic, drawing as much upon his experience as a punk/metal drummer as his classical pedigree. In his work he often undertakes political and existential themes, most recently gaining attention for success in writing for larger forces. Program and Artists TBA

Tickets $20, general admission. Cash only at the door.

Tickets will be held at will call on the evening of each concert. Tickets not claimed 10 minutes prior to the program may be reassigned to patrons on standby.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7pm:  Manhattan School of Music

OPERA America's National Opera Center

330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street), New York, NY

NYFOS collaborates with the Manhattan School of Music composition department for an evening of new songs from MSM faculty, students, and alumni. Composers and faculty members Susan Botti and Richard Danielpour play host and curators for the evening, showcasing both established and emerging compositional voices from MSM's diverse and celebrated community. Program and Artists TBA

Tickets $20, general admission. Cash only at the door.

Tickets will be held at will call on the evening of each concert. Tickets not claimed 10 minutes prior to the program may be reassigned to patrons on standby.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7pm:  Lowell Liebermann & Friends

OPERA America's National Opera Center

330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street), New York, NY

“As much of a traditionalist as an innovator” (The New York Times), Lowell Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal. A significant American voice who has grown up alongside NYFOS—his Appalachian Liebeslieder was commissioned by NYFOS in 1996—Liebermann hosts the final of three evenings to round out the mini-festival. In addition to his celebrated instrumental works, Liebermann's two operas both premiered to great audience and critical acclaim: The Picture of Dorian Gray, commissioned and premiered by the Monte-Carlo Opera, and Miss Lonelyhearts, with a libretto by J. D. McClatchy after Nathanael West’s novel, commissioned by the Juilliard School to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Program and Artists TBA

Tickets $20, general admission. Cash only at the door.

Tickets will be held at will call on the evening of each concert. Tickets not claimed 10 minutes prior to the program may be reassigned to patrons on standby.

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The 2015-2016 NYFOS Next concerts at OPERA America's National Opera Center are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.