Steve Marzullo is writing an eight-song cycle for Judy Blazer (Titanic), drawing on poets ranging from e. e. cummings to Dorothy Parker to Langston Hughes to Sara Teasdale.
David Loud is writing a cycle of "Portuguese Sonnets" for the tenor Pedro Porro.
Georgia Stitt is setting five poems by Marcy Heisler to music for soprano Jill Geddes.
All three composers are respected musical theatre musical directors in New York City. New Voices was founded to spotlight the composing talents of pit musicians and musical directors, but the scope of the group is now wider than that, according to founder Joel Fram. In September, for example, the art songs of Broadway composer John Kander will be presented.
Grant Wenaus will play piano for the song-cycle evening, dubbed New Voices: Song Cycles,, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. Tickets are currently on sale, at $22. For information, call (212) 864-5400; visit the Symphony Space box office, located at 2537 Broadway, on the corner of 95th Street; or visit www.symphonyspace.org.