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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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7pm:  Festival Opening Night

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7pm:  Paul Moravec & Friends

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7pm:  Bright Sheng & Friends


OPERA America's National Opera Center

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

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7pm:  Festival Opening Night

OPERA America's National Opera Center

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

The opening night of NYFOS Next's new festival format is curated by NYFOS Artistic Director Michael Barrett. Gabriel Kahane premieres excerpts from his 2013 work Three Vernacular Songs, and Adam Guettel and George Steel preview songs from new musicals that are in progress. The evening also includes a piece from Jonathan Dove and a debut vocal work by the intriguing Navajo composer Juantio Becenti, with whom Barrett has worked at the Moab Music Festival. Baritones Theo Hoffman and Jonathan Eastabrooks and soprano Meredith Lustig join NYFOS for the occasion, accompanied by Michael Barrett on piano.

Tickets $15, 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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Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7pm:  Paul Moravec & Friends

OPERA America's National Opera Center

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

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec hosts and curates an evening that includes selections from his exceptional body of vocal music, including his forthcoming opera The Shining. The opera, with a libretto by Mark Campbell, is set to have its world premiere with Minnesota Opera in May 2016. The evening's program also includes a tribute to the late Stephen Paulus, as well as selections from Moravec's friends and colleagues James Primosch, Christopher Theofanidis, and Paola Prestini. Moravec's music has been described as “tuneful, ebullient and wonderfully energetic” (San Francisco Chronicle), “riveting and fascinating” (NPR), and “assured, virtuosic” (Wall Street Journal). NYFOS has premiered works by Moravec over the years, including commissioning the song cycle Parables in 2006, and is pleased to welcome a longtime friend to NYFOS Next.

Tickets $15, 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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7pm:  Bright Sheng & Friends

OPERA America's National Opera Center

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

The “exquisite blend of the musical East and West” of Bright Sheng (The New York Times) closes out three weeks of contemporary song and the 2014-15 NYFOS Next series. The Chinese-American composer and MacArthur Fellow hosts and curates a concert that includes a preview of the opening to his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber, written with co-librettist David Henry Hwang. The opera is set to premiere with the San Francisco Opera in fall 2016.

Sheng, the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan, will also showcase recent work from his students Brandon Scott Rumsey, Iman Habibi, and Matthew Tommasini, and an affectionate acknowledgement of his mentors, George Perle and Leonard Bernstein. Sheng's diverse background informs an approach that Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times writes, “has won critical respect and appreciative audiences for works that deftly synthesize wildly varied musical influences.” The Telegraph (UK) called Sheng's opera Madam Mao, which debuted at Santa Fe Opera in 2003, “…extraordinary music and a riveting evening in the theater.”

Tickets $15, 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 2014-2015 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.