"The evening celebrates love songs of every stripe in honor of February's most ubiquitous holiday," according to the announcement. "The songs represent many different outlooks, from the beloved to the berated — tender, humorous, and angry by turns. Texts range from Shakespearean sonnets to new works by some of today's most well-known lyricists, and the New Voices Collective is proud to feature a wide variety of compositional styles, from theatre to cabaret to art song."
As usual with the New Voices series, world-premiere songs will be heard, including work by John Samorian, Sam Davis, Joel Fram, Jenny Giering, Richard Gray, Paul Loesel, Steve Marzullo, Jeff Blumenkrantz and Joseph Thalken. The evening also features a pair of songs by composers Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt, written for their own wedding in October 2003.
Performers include Luker, Gavin Creel, George Dvorsky, Keith Byron Kirk, Dan Reichard, Kate Baldwin and Kimberly Jujuan. The evening will be hosted by Danny Burstein, who has been on hand for past New Voices evenings.
The singers will be accompanied by a string quartet featuring cellist Clay Ruede, violist Allison Gordon and violinists Christan Hebel and Victor Schultz, Ed Matthew on sax, with Phil Fortenberry on piano. The New Voices Collective, founded by Jen Bender, Joel Fram, and Doug Okerson in 2002, provides a forum for a community of artists to develop new works and explore new directions. Their various programs includes the New Voices concerts, First-Draft Musicals reading and the Rush Hour Chamber Music series.
Tickets ($22-$25) are available by phone at (212) 864 5400 or in person at the box office. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.