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NYFOS Next

“a breath of fresh air on the scene of serious vocal music.” — Q ON STAGE
2019-20 NYFOS Next series TBA

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Past programs:

Laura Kaminsky & Friends

A co-presentation with Five Boroughs Music Festival and the LGBT Center, in honor of Pride Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Devony Smith, soprano
Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Jorell Williams, baritone
Michael Barrett, piano
Mila Henry, piano

Composer Laura Kaminsky curates and hosts a salon of contemporary songs by LGBT identified composers and librettists. Featuring the world premiere of a collaboratively created song cycle by Kaminsky, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Karpman, Paula Kimper, Nora Kroll Rosenbaum, and new face on the scene, Kayla Cashetta, who will all set new poems by Elaine Sexton. The evening will also include a performance of Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin by mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson and pianist Mila Henry, with libretto by Kimberly Reed and contributions from Kaminsky, Karpman, Kitty Brazelton, and Ellen Reid. (Opera America commission; 2017 world premiere was at Library of Congress).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:30pm
LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St, NYC
Tickets via Five Boroughs Music Festival

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Kate Soper & Friends

Kate Soper, composer/vocalist
Charmaine Lee, composer/vocalist
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Sam Pluta, composer/electronics performer
Devony Smith, soprano
James Smith, electric guitar
Laura Barger, piano
Thomas Feng, keyboard
Michael Rau, director

Composer/performer Kate Soper curates and performs a program of fresh and fascinating takes on vocal music, including excerpts from her new opera The Romance of the Rose. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow, she was recently described as “one of the great originals of her generation” by The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross. Featured on David T. Little’s 2016 NYFOS Next program, her work is “exquisitely quirky” (The New York Times) and “epic” (WQXR). The evening will also feature songs by Kaija Saariaho and Natacha Diels, and a set of vocal/electronic improvisations by Charmaine Lee and Sam Pluta.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, NYC
Tickets: $25 general admission / $50 reserved section

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NYFOS Next looks to the future, opening a forum for the next generation of song composers and interpreters. Now in its eighth 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.

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The 2018-2019 NYFOS Next series is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music.

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