Brooklyn Art Song Society to Launch ‘New Voices Festival: Past/Present/Future’ This April

By Logan Martell

On April 9, 2021, Brooklyn Art Song Society will present the first program in its “New Voices Festival: Past/Present/Future,” featuring world premieres by composers Katherine Balch and Brad and Doug Balliett.

First will be the Balliett Brothers, with a re-setting of Schubert’s “Schwanengesang” that draws upon their idiosyncratic styles of composition and performance. Katherine Balch’s “estrangement” will view Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” from the female perspective, with new poetry by Katie Ford.

The program’s artists will include soprano Molly Netter, tenor Karim Sulayman, French hornist Laura Weiner, and pianist Natalia Katyukova; all of whom will be making their debut with BASS. They will be joined by company favorites such as soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, baritone Sidney Outlaw, and pianiast Michael Bronfman.

Filmed at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the concert will be available on the BASS Digital Concert Hall platform, with tickets starting at $10.

The “New Voices: Past/Present/Future” festival seeks to re-imagine traditional works for the 21st century. Among the 15 new works by living composers, half of them will be world premieres, as the company looks to develop the art of modern art song.