Feb 26, 2019
Jon Sobel,

“Playing with impeccable taste, tone, timbre, and togetherness, the trio revealed how in an important sense the song does remain the same, though it flowers in infinite variety.”

Review: TENET
May 16, 2018
Jon Sobel,

“The musicians of the small ensemble Tenet benefited from the superb acoustics of the manor’s small concert hall…[T]hroughout the concert, Tenet’s three primary voices shone… The contemporary folk music scene and the Early Music scene intersect more than you might think. Tenet proved it decisively with this program – and with such sublime musicianship that I hope they preserve it for future concerts.”

February 19, 2018
Jean Ballard Terepka,

“Emanating from an intersected space of elegant discipline and powerful virtuosity, Lorelei’s vocal tone is remarkable…With unerring savvy for finding the right composers with whom to collaborate, these singers do indeed have ‘rainbows wrapped around’ their shoulders. New York City is lucky that the Five Boroughs Music Festival brought Lorelei down to us from Boston.”

New York’s Composers A Riot of Song
November 17, 2017
Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts

“Wonderful vocal talents abound in the five boroughs of New York… In addition to giving us the city in so many different aspects, the composers and their librettists (sometimes one in the same) provided a virtual riot of form.”

Ekmeles Performs Chamber Works Written for Voices and Brass Instruments
July 1, 2015
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

“The trombonists…brought formidable sensitivity to parts that were often painfully self-effacing; the singers, each armed with a percussion instrument, balanced powdery dissonant vocal lines with jarring percussive accents.”

Happy Birthday Anthem
September 7, 2014
Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche

A Long Day’s Bach Journey, by Train, Foot and Ferry, With Cello
June 15, 2014
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times

“The notion [of the project] was both preposterous and delightful… Of Mr. Dwyer’s artistry and gameness there could be little doubt by day’s end.”

Five Boroughs Music Festival Comes to Queens
January 9, 2014
Joe Marvilli, Queens Tribune
Preview of 5BMF’s Season 7 Queens offerings

Exploring Rossi’s Place in the Jewish Liturgy and in a Wider World of Experimentation
November 27, 2012
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

“[T]he Clarion Music Society presented an intelligently devised and lovingly offered concert of vocal music by Rossi that illuminated its place in the Jewish liturgy…”

At 100, ‘Pierrot’ Retains Its Power
October 19, 2012
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

“Ms. Chinn, dressed in a white outfit based on commedia dell’arte and with a bow in her hair, gave a dramatically vivid performance of the 21 poems…”

CD Review: Five Borough Songbook World Premiere Recording
July 2012
Sherri Rase, Q on Stage

“[The Songbook] is a love letter that will have the cognoscenti nodding in recognition of all that resonates, shimmers and knells in the Big Apple.”

Review: Five Borough Songbook Manhattan Premiere
January 23, 2012
John Yohalem, Opera Today

“[O]n this occasion [the composers] often seemed to channel the wisecracking New York wit and the nostalgic art largely missing from Broadway for the last generation.”

A Score of Ways to Serenade a City
January 15, 2012
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

“With 20 composers involved you might expect every current style to be represented. Quite a few were… [I]nventive approaches to taking the city’s pulse were plentiful.”

Five Borough Songbook Premiere In NYC’s DUMBO
October 23, 2011
Scott Rose, The New Civil Rights Movement

“[A]ll composers contributing to The Five Borough Songbook are Greatly Gifted, the performances were Graciously Groomed, so as for the upcoming performances in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, well, you really must Go, Go, Go, Go!”

The Song of the City
October 8, 2011
Olivia Giovetti, WQXR Operavore

“[T]he true impact of the Five Borough Songbook was its juxtapositions and musical landscape, creating neighborhoods that are distinct but which sit on top of one another bringing out inherent comparisons and contrasts.”

NYC: Music of the Metropolis
October 4, 2011
Scott Rose, The New Civil Rights Movement
Preview of the Five Borough Songbook World Premiere

Quicksilver at St. Mary’s
January 24, 2011
Arthur S. Leonard, Leonard Link

“[A]nother triumph for Five Boroughs Music Festival…”


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