NYFOS NEXT Offers Water Colors, Velvet Shoes and Twinkies Nov. 1

Classic Arts Features   NYFOS NEXT Offers Water Colors, Velvet Shoes and Twinkies Nov. 1
New York Festival of Song will premiere NYFOS NEXT - a program of new and rarely heard works performed in an intimate salon setting - on Nov. 1 at 5 PM.


The first concert in this new series, Water Colors, Velvet Shoes and Twinkies, is led by Benjamin Sosland, who also sings and serves as master of ceremonies for Water Colors. NYFOS NEXT "offers a forum for the next generation of song composers and interpreters to share their work. It will give audiences an intimate look inside the creative process, as freshly-minted songs are presented : some for the first time : in the warm atmosphere of a private residence. With an emphasis on spontaneity, novelty, and collaboration between performers and composers, the NYFOS NEXT series offers a private, experimental venue for song, paralleling the adventurous course of parent company New York Festival of Song."

Benjamin Sosland, who enjoys an active singing career in opera and concert, is also Research Associate and Program Editor for New York Festival of Song, Administrative Director of Historical Performance at The Juilliard School and a pre-concert lecturer at Carnegie Hall. Recent performance engagements include concerts of Bach cantatas with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum and the role of the Evangelist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Bach's Christmas Oratorio.



Katharine Dain and Camille Zamora, sopranos
Benjamin Sosland, tenor
Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone
Ulla Suokko, flute
Evan Fein, Lydia Brown, and Cory Smythe, piano

Three Watercolors for Soprano, Flute and Prepared Piano (1987) by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
1) Preludium
2) The Narcissus (no.1)
3) The Boatman (no.2)
4) Interludium
5) Expectation (no.3)
6) Postludium

Camille Zamora, soprano
Ulla Suokko, flute
Lydia Brown, piano

Three Icelandic Songs (2009) by Evan Fein

Aê vera of seinn
Sšl m‹n sv‹fur burt
ê Bšrujšrns Braki

Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone
Evan Fein, piano

Velvet Shoes (2007) by Raymond Lustig
Parisian Evening (2001) by Philip Lasser

Benjamin Sosland, tenor
Lydia Brown, piano

Laurels, from Lonesome Songs (2009) by Renee Favand-See

Somewhere a Seed and Odor by John Harbison

Seven Haiku, Op. 629 (2005) by Carson P. Cooman
Twinkie, from Non-Fiction (2005) by Stefan Weisman

Katharine Dain, soprano
Cory Smythe, piano

Water Colors, Velvet Shoes and Twinkies takes place Sunday Nov. 1 at 5 PM at 45 Walker Street (#5), New York, NY 10013 (between Broadway and Church Streets). Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. For tickets, RSVP requested: nicole.halton@nyfos.net or 646-230-8380.

Limited seating, cash or check accepted at the door. The next event will be during spring 2010, TBA.

For more information, visit www.nyfos.org.


New York Festival of Song was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. NYFOS is dedicated to creating intimate song concerts of great beauty, humor and originality, combining music, poetry, and history to entertain, educate and create community among audiences and performers. With a far-ranging repertoire of art songs, concert works and theater pieces, its thematic recitals have included programs from Brahms to the Beatles, from the nineteenth-century salons of Paris to Tin Pan Alley, from Russian art song to Argentine tangos, from sixteenth-century lute songs to new music. NYFOS particularly celebrates American song literature and culture, and specializes in premiering and commissioning new American works. They have produced five recordings on the Koch label, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, as well as the Grammy-nominated recording of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen on New World Records, and the Bridge Records release of the NYFOS program Spanish Love Songs. NYFOS's concert series, touring programs, radio broadcasts, recordings, and educational activities have inspired a new interest in the creative possibilities of the song program, and have inspired the creation of thematic vocal series around the world.

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