5BMF joins forces with New York Festival of Song and the LGBT Community Center (“The Center”) for two special programs celebrating LGBT composers and librettists, presented concurrently with WorldPride in honor of the 50-year commemoration of the Stonewall uprising.
NYFOS NEXT: LAURA KAMINSKY & FRIENDS ON STONEWALL
5BMF, NYFOS and The Center present this unique salon of contemporary art songs by women composers and librettists, curated by composer Laura Kaminsky. The concert includes the world premiere of After Stonewall, a collaboratively created song cycle by Kaminsky, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Karpman, Paula Kimper, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, and Kayla Cashetta, set to the poems of Elaine Sexton; the program will also feature the New York premiere of Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin with libretto by Kimberly Reed and contributions by Kaminsky, Karpman, Kitty Brazelton, and Ellen Reid, performed by mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson and pianist Mila Henry.
LAURA KAMINSKY › composer & curator
MICHAEL BARRETT › piano
MILA HENRY › piano
DEVONY SMITH › soprano
HEATHER JOHNSON › mezzo-soprano
JORELL WILLIAMS › baritone
MANNING THE CANON: SONGS OF GAY LIFE
This beloved program returns after its 2009 premiere in 5BMF’s third season and subsequent revival on the NYFOS mainstage. NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier, pianist, leads a stellar quartet of vocalists in this celebrated musical portrait of life, love and loss in the world of gay men. With music spanning the course of two centuries, the program features works ranging from Schubert’s “Der Gondelfahrer” to John Wallowitch’s “Bruce”, with songs by Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Griffes, Bernstein, Porter, Blitzstein and more. Anthony Tommasini wrote in The New York Times about “Manning the Canon”: “Such programs can easily fall into the trap of social politics and turn maudlin, agenda driven and campy. This one was insightful and imaginative, touching and funny.”
STEVEN BLIER › piano
DANIEL MCGREW › tenor
SCOTT MURPHREE › tenor
EFRAÍN SOLÍS › baritone
MATT BOEHLER › bass
$50 VIP Preferred Seating
$25 General Admission
$15 Students w/ID
$15 Center Members
Buy admission for both concerts at the same time! Select “NYFOS 2-Concert Package” below.