Paula Kimper: I believe in you my soul

Written by Five Boroughs Music Festival

Chamber Music Series

In category: Song of the Day

Published May 23, 2019

This week’s Song of the Day is hosted by Jesse Blumberg and Donna Breitzer, the Artistic Director and Executive Director, respectively, of Five Boroughs Music Festival.

Are you ready for Walt Whitman’s birthday next weekend?  We hope you got him something nice, because he’s turning 200 — kind of a big one.  Dear Walt is such a big part of our American cultural fabric, especially in NYC, and we’re so happy to see so many artists and organizations celebrating his year. One of such artist is composer Paula Kimper, whose passion for Whitman has inspired her current “Melody Book” for Song of Myself project, in which she shares new settings of Leaves of Grass texts every week.  A huge undertaking, we applaud Paula for celebrating Whitman’s depth and impact in such a extensive and thoughtful way. 

Paula has also assembled quite an artistic team to perform her Whitman settings, including the very talented young baritone Nathaniel Sullivan, who is featured here singing this gorgeous setting of “I believe in you my soul” — Enjoy!

OH – have we mentioned that Paula Kimper is one of the composers for the new song cycle “After Stonewall”, commissioned by 5BMF and NYFOS, and curated by Laura Kaminsky?  Don’t miss this incredible World Premiere on June 11 in Manhattan!

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Since 2007, Five Boroughs Music Festival has enriched communities and cultivated new audiences by bringing world-class, affordable chamber music to all corners of New York City. Described as “imaginative” by The New York Times, “enterprising” by The New Yorker, and “vital” by WQXR’s Operavore blog, 5BMF’s commitment to musical outreach and engaging programming has distinguished us as a standout presence in the NYC arts community.

5BMF will co-present NYFOS Next: Laura Kaminsky & Friends on June 11 and Manning the Canon on June 25 at The LGBT Center in recognition of WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.


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