9 UNDER 34: Composers Younger than NYFOS

FRI, OCT 22, 7pm
Ann Goodman Recital Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th Street, NYC

A fascinating compendium of songs by brilliant composers born after NYFOS’s first program in 1988. Co-curated by baritone Gregory Feldmann, and performed by Feldmann, mezzo-soprano and 2021 Naumberg Award winner Erin Wagner, together with pianists Nathaniel LaNasa, Shawn Chang, and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier, cellist Thapelo Masita, and guitarist Rupert Boyd. Featured composers include Jake Landau, Sato Matsui, Shawn Chang, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, David Clay Mettens, Emily Cooley, Tariq al-Sabir (pictured above), Curtis Stewart, and Molly Joyce.

Co-curator Feldmann says about the 9 UNDER 34 program, “In building this program, I aimed to present composers from a wide array of backgrounds and demographics writing songs about what mattered to them. Several themes began to emerge that, while not unique to our generation, are core conversations of our times: identity, the shifting social and environmental landscape, and our ability to communicate and connect within these new landscapes.”

A limited number of $10 student tickets are available here.

A Tribute to James Primosch

MON, NOV 1, 7pm
Ann Goodman Recital Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th Street, NYC

“A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch… Through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion.” (The American Academy of Arts and Letters)

Vocal music by the late American master, curated and performed by one of his premiere interpreters, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon. Also featuring tenor Daniel McGrew, a NYFOS favorite, and brilliant pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.

Regarding the concert and her late friend, Fitz Gibbon says, “Jim’s gentle demeanor belied a sardonic, self-effacing wit. His music too can quixotically change from soothing, beatific lines and harmonies to sharp-edged rhythms and clashing chords. In the pieces I chose for this program you will not only hear these qualities but also hear reflected some of his great loves—his deep and abiding Catholic faith, his musical forebears (both distant and immediate), his family—in what I hope will constitute a musical portrait of a man we lost too soon. I have selected many works that he specifically gave to me over the years, as well as others I often heard him speak about.”

A limited number of $10 student tickets are available here.

All audience members at Kaufman Music Center will be asked to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and to wear a mask. Please see their complete health and safety policy here.

Capacity at the Goodman Recital Hall will be very limited. For those not able to attend in person, a digital version of each of these programs will be offered online later this season. Please check back for more information after the live event.

NYFOS Next is New York Festival of Song’s “invaluable contemporary-music series” (The New Yorker). With an emphasis on spontaneity, novelty, and collaboration, NYFOS Next offers a forum for song composers to share their work, and gives audiences an intimate encounter with the creative process, as new songs are presented in an informal setting. Composers are invited to curate and host their own program, showcasing their own work and the works of their peers, students or mentors. Past curators include Mark Adamo, Clarice Assad, Mark Campbell, Christopher Cerrone, Mohammed Fairouz, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kyle Jarrow (with Lauren Worsham), Gabriel Kahane, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman & Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Carla Kilhstedt, Phil Kline, Lowell Liebermann, David T. Little, Harold Meltzer, Paul Moravec, John Musto, Russell Platt, Kevin Puts, Bright Sheng, and Joseph Thalken.

“The New York Festival of Song delves into art song’s future, with composers leading the way.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on NYFOS Next

“A series that makes a passionate case for the art song as a can’t-live-without item on any civilized traveler’s packing list.”
 THE NEW YORK TIMES on NYFOS Next

“An evening that felt like the cutting edge of experimental art song. In a word, it felt very ‘next.'” 
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