Jessica Fishenfeld to Premiere New Album ‘The Nothing Lamp’ in Brooklyn

By David Salazar

Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld is set to premiere her new art song cycle album “The Nothing Lamp” in concert on Dec. 3, 2022.

The showcase, which will be presented at the Coffey Street Studio in Brooklyn, will feature new song cycles by Joe Rubinstein and Mark Campbell, Morris and Rivers, and Joiner and Dickinson. There will also be music by Ben Moore and Jason Robert Brown on the program.

Fishenfeld will perform alongside pianist Mila Henry and a string quartet led by violist Dudley Raine IV.

“During the height of the pandemic, we were all craving any form of connection, and I was far from an exception,” Fishenfeld told OperaWire. “When Joe [Rubenstein] called and told me he wanted to write something for me, I was completely overjoyed to connect with such a fantastic composer and friend on a fulfilling artistic venture. I was then beside myself when Mark agreed to write the lyrics for the story we would tell. He proposed the concept of a mundane green “nothing” lamp that connects five characters over time and space – over four decades, mostly in NYC. With these texts, he cleverly demonstrates how folks can find connection without other humans being physically present – a reflection of our lives at the time.

“I hope ‘The Nothing Lamp’ leaves listeners with a full heart, a chuckle, and a renewed appreciation for the small things in life that connect us all, especially when things aren’t going well and loved ones feel so far away.”

The concert is presented by Amanda + James.