On Friday October 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the festival will kick off with 9 UNDER 34: Composers Younger Than NYFOS, co-hosted by baritone Gregory Feldmann.
The evening will feature works by composers born after the presentation of NYFOS ‘debut program, performed by baritone Gregory Feldmann and mezzo-soprano and 2021 Naumberg Prize winner Erin Wagner, as well as pianists Nathaniel LaNasa and Shawn Chang and the cellist Thapelo Masita. The works include songs by Jake Landau, Sato Matsui, Shawn Chang, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, David Clay Mettens, Emily Cooley, Tariq Al Sabir, Curtis Stewart and Molly Joyce.
Co-curator Feldmann said of the 9 UNDER 34 program: “In building this program, I hoped to feature composers from a wide range of backgrounds and demographics who were writing songs about what mattered to them. The end result brought out several themes that, while not unique to our generation, are absolutely essential conversations of today: identity, the changing social and environmental landscape, and our ability to communicate and connect within these new landscapes. The songs feature lyrics ranging from 19th century Scotland to lesser-known words from Francois Scott Key, to nonverbal autistic people in Chicago, to personal reflections. “
The festival continues with A Tribute to James Primosch on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., in honor of the late American composer and pianist. Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon hosts and performs in the program which also includes tenor Daniel McGrew and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.
Regarding the concert and her late friend, Fitz Gibbon said, “Jim’s gentle demeanor belied a sardonic and self-effacing spirit. I chose for this program, you will not only hear these qualities, but you will also hear reflected some of his great loves – his deep and enduring Catholic faith, his musical ancestors (both distant and immediate), his family – in it. which I hope will be a musical portrait of a man we lost too soon. I have selected many works that he specifically entrusted to me over the years, as well as others that I have often heard him speak about. “
Both NYFOS Next shows will be filmed and edited into digital programs, which will premiere after the live performance and will remain online for four weeks. NYFOS Next Festival $ 40 memberships and $ 25 single tickets are on sale now on the NYFOS website at http://nyfos.org/21-22season/#next.
NYFOS season 2021-22 also includes its Mainstage series held at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, including And … we’re back! Tuesday November 16, 2021 at 8 p.m. with Paul Appleby, Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Johnathan McCullough and Maggie Reneé; Buenos Aires, yesterday and today Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. with Raquel González, Brian james Myer and more to be announced; Love Songs in 176 Keys: 4 hands, 4 voices, 4 countries on Tuesday March 15, 2022 at 8 p.m. with Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars 2022; and The Wider View: Songs by Black Composers on Wednesday April 13, 2022 at 8 p.m. with Monday Marie moore, Lucia Bradford, and others.
NYFOS also presents its annual holiday show, A Goyishe Christmas to You! on December 6, 2021 in the upper hall of Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center with Donna Breitzer, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, Joshua Jeremiah, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Alex Mansoori and Lauren Worsham.