Concert details

The citywide tour of our thrilling Five Borough Songbook, Volume II continues this fall with borough premieres in Staten Island and the Bronx! Commissioned in honor of our 10th Anniversary season in 2016-2017, the Songbook is a captivating musical journey across NYC: an exploration of the city’s rich artistic and cultural legacy and a celebration of its best musical talent.

Following the model of the original Five Borough Songbook – commissioned by 5BMF in 2011 for our 5th Anniversary and performed in every borough of the city that season – Volume II features twenty vibrant new works by twenty unique composers. A cast of stellar vocalists and instrumentalists bring the Songbook to life through songs, duets and ensembles, all inspired by New York City places, poetry and people.

Join us 30 minutes before concert start time for a special pre-concert Composer Chat with some of the Songbook creators, who will discuss their experiences and processes of crafting their new songs.

Thomas Bagwell, piano
Marnie Breckenridge, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
Michael Slattery, tenor
Sidney Outlaw, baritone
Sophie Shao, cello

Matthew Aucoin, Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Jonathan Dawe, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Whitney George, Marie Incontrera, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Robert Paterson, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Kamala Sankaram, Gregory Spears and Bora Yoon.

Raphael Allison, Liza Balkan, Alastair Boag, Mark Campbell, Billy Collins, Rinde Eckert, Joyce Kilmer, Federico García Lorca, Leah Maddrie, Rick Moody, Dennis Nurske, Bimbo Rivas, Anna Świrszczyńska, KC Trommer, William Ross Wallace, Walt Whitman, and more.

Preview the Songbook with an excerpt from the World Premiere performance:

Info + Tickets

Staten Island

Saturday, September 16, 2017
4:00 PM
3:30 PM Composer chat
Trinity Lutheran Church
309 St. Paul’s Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304

Venue info

Trinity Lutheran Church, located in Staten Island’s Silver Lake neighborhood, is easily accessibly by a gorgeous NYC harbor ride on the FREE Staten Island Ferry, then a 7-minute ride directly to the church on the the S78 bus from the St. George Ferry Terminal. Or, ride the SI Railway two stops to Stapleton, followed by a short walk to the church.


Sunday, September 17, 2017
5:00 PM
4:30 PM Composer chat
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd.
Bronx, NY 10471

Venue info

By public transportation: 1 train to Van Cortland Park-242 St, then 12-min walk on Manhattan College Parkway OR take the #7, #10 or #20 bus to 239 St. and Riverdale Ave.