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"How many concerts
have the narrative
power of exciting
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
reminder of how
illuminating a journey
a great song can be."
— NY Daily News



Presented by National Sawdust and New York Festival of Song

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

National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets $35, available beginning August 15 from the
National Sawdust Box Office: 646-779-8455 or

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

Gabriela Lena Frank & Friends
A native Californian of mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage ardently through her compositions. Her pieces refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework uniquely her own. The program will include music by Derek Bermel and Avner Dorman, as well as the premieres of several new arrangements by Frank. Featuring soprano Amy Owens, tenor Joshua Blue, baritones Mischa Bouvier and Andrew Garland and the Momenta Quartet.
See the program in our press release >

Tickets > $35, general admission.

Christopher Cerrone & Friends
Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker and winner of the 2015 Samuel Barber Rome Prize, Cerrone is a Brooklyn-based composer whose compositional voice is characterized by profoundly expressive lyricism, ringing clarity, and deep literary fluency. His Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, was praised by The Los Angeles Times as “a delicate and beautiful opera...[which] could be, and should be, done anywhere.” Program to include music by Timo Andres as well as Cerrone. More information TBA.

Tickets > $35, general admission.

Kyle and Lauren Worsham Jarrow & Friends
A powerhouse husband-and-wife duo: Obie award-winning writer and musician Kyle Jarrow, and Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress and singer Lauren Worsham. Together, they lead the rock band Sky-Pony, whose rock fairy tale The Wildness was hailed by The New York Times as “defiantly exultant” and nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Program and Artists TBA. Tickets available later with fall from


All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYFOS Mainstage concerts are funded, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
in partnership with the City Council.