5BMF 2023-2024 SEASON


12.7.23 | MANHATTAN



THEOTOKOS: Cantatas, yesterday and today


Our 2023-2024 season continues with the 5BMF debut of THEOTOKOS ENSEMBLE in a program of baroque and contemporary church cantatas that contrasts works by Telemann with new music by Doug Balliett.


Introducing 5BMF’s new General and Artistic Director

Five Boroughs Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Leah Hollingsworth as the organization’s new General and Artistic Director, as of September 1, 2023. Leah takes over the leadership of 5BMF following the departure of Artistic Director Michael Unterman, who is embarking on an exciting new position with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.

An accomplished violist, writer, and arts administrator, Leah brings professional experience, creativity, and passion for NYC’s chamber music scene to the organization. Join us at our season opening concerts on September 29 in Brooklyn and September 30 in Queens to meet Leah and welcome her to 5BMF!


Castle of our Skins Celebrates a Decade

Castle of our Skins makes their NYC debut with 5BMF on Nov. 18, 2022.

Harlem Chamber Players – Artist Profile

Six Questions for Liz Player, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of The Harlem Chamber Players

Harlem Chamber Players – Bento Box

What to watch, read, listen to, visit, and eat before and after this week’s concerts with the Harlem Chamber Players

Tania León’s “Esencia” and Dvořák’s String Quartet Op. 61

Learn more about the two monumental string quartets on the Harlem Chamber Players’ June 2022 programs.

Five Borough Songbook: Make it a Staten Island Sunday

All the insider tips for enjoying a beautiful exploration of Staten Island on Sunday, April 24.

Profile: Songbook lyricist Valerie Seeley

Valerie Seeley’s poetry about her life as a formerly incarcerated woman became the lyrics for Brian Lawlor’s song “Mantras from Jesup,” part of the Five Borough Songbook, Vol III. Learn more about Valerie’s experience and her connection with Die Jim Crow Records.

Celebrating NYC in Song: Introducing the Five Borough Songbook, Vol III

Introducing the powerhouse team of composers behind the brand new Five Borough Songbook, Vol III

The Great Gig in the Sky: Tam Lin and Firebird take flight

How two groundbreaking collaborations came together with ease.

Kinan Azmeh Marks 20 Years in NYC

Milestones and celebrations mark the opening of 5BMF’s 21-22 Season.

Oracle Hysterical and Hub New Music’s Brave “Terra Nova”

Exploring the bravery, ambition, hubris – and cruelty – of the adventurers in Terra Nova.



Thank you to our loyal fans who have brought joy and palpable excitement to 5BMF’s events this season! We are grateful to be able to present in-person events once again, and we are deeply grateful for your support.

As we look ahead to exciting projects in the future, we invite you to help us celebrate this milestone and invest in our growth with a tax-deductible donation to 5BMF. We are incredibly grateful for gifts of all sizes! Click here to learn more about how you can directly support 5BMF’s artists and creators.


Five Boroughs Music Festival is looking for new volunteers to join our Board of Directors! If you share a passion for our mission and have a bit of time and skills to lend to our organization, we’d love to hear from you.

5BMF strives to reflect and represent the diversity and richness of our great city in all aspects of our work. Our Board of Directors bring unique and important perspectives and competencies to the table in support of our artistic and administrative staff. Together, we make a great team.


Take a musical journey around NYC with Five Boroughs Music Festival! Each season, we bring world-class, affordable chamber music programming to all corners of New York City, showcasing the best and brightest musical stars in exciting venues all over the boroughs. We invite you to explore our current season, learn more about our special projects, sign up for our mailing list, and learn how you can become part of the 5BMF family.

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