Concert details

The citywide tour of our thrilling Five Borough Songbook, Volume II concludes in November with our final borough premiere in Brooklyn. An expanded cast of artists come together for our grand finale performance of this special project.

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 themes.

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
Erika Switzer, piano
Justine Aronson, soprano
Marnie Breckenridge, soprano
Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano
William Ferguson, tenor
Miles Mykkanen, tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Jorell Williams, 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


Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:30 PM
7:00 PM Composer chat
National Sawdust
80 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Venue info

By public transportation: L to Bedford Ave., G to Metropolitan Ave.


Tickets to this performance are available via National Sawdust.

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