New York Festival of Song 2021 Next Festival Features Composers Under 40 and a Tribute to James Primrosch

By Chris Ruel

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), led by Steven Blier, has announced two concerts as part of its 2021 NYFOS Next Festival. The performances will take place at the Kaufman Music Center.

NYFOS will present the first concert on Oct. 22, 2021, which will feature 10 composers born after the music organization’s first-ever concert. Entitled “9 UNDER 40: Composers Younger Than NYFOS,” the program was co-curated by baritone Gregory Feldmann. The baritone will also perform, along with mezzo-soprano and 2021 Naumberg Award-winner Erin Wagner.

On Nov. 1, NYFOS will celebrate the late American composer James Primrosch with “A Tribute to James Primrosch.” Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, who served as the program’s co-curator, will perform vocal works by the American master. Joining her will be tenor Daniel McGrew.

Kaufman Music Center is requiring attendees to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination. For those who wish to experience the performance from their homes, NYFOS will film and edit the concerts, which will become available after the live performance. Once posted, the concert videos will be available for four weeks.

Here are details for each performance.

“9 Under 40: Composers Younger Thank NYFOS”

Works by composers born after NYFOS’s first program
Jake Landau: “Mary’s Song” from “Scotch Lyrics”
Sato Matsui: “Fushigi uta” from “Songs of Curiosity”
Shawn Chang: “Green” and “Yellow” from “Portraits of Unrelated Colors”
Iván Enrique Rodríguez: “Alabaster Thread”
David Clay Mettens: 2 songs from “The sustaining air”
Emily Cooley: “Beautiful Small Things”
Tariq Al-Sabir: “The Sixth Extinction”
Curtis Stewart: “Do You See the Flag?”
Molly Joyce: “Redesign Our Time”

Gregory Feldmann, baritone and co-curator
Erin Wagner, mezzo-soprano and 2021 Naumberg Award winner
Nathaniel LaNasa, piano
Shawn Chang, piano
Thapelo Masita, cello

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2021

“A Tribute to James Primosch”

Vocal works by the late American master James Primrosch

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Daniel McGrew, tenor
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2021