New York Festival of Song To Present Hyphenated-Americans

By Francisco Salazar

The New York of Song is set to present a new program entitled “Hyphenated-Americans.”

This concert is set to honor composers from abroad who now call the United States home, along with first-generation American composers. The program will feature works by Bright Sheng (Chinese-American), Daniel Sabzghabaei (Persian-American), Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rican-American), and Clarice Assad (Brazilian-American). The concert will be made up of four song cycles including an American premiere; the cycles will be sung in Portuguese, Farsi, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Soprano Amy Owens, Mezzo-Soprano Alexandra Urquiola, and Baritone Jesse Blumberg will perform the selection of works with pianists Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and Leann Osterkamp, as well as violist Tien-Hsin (Cindi) Wu.

The concert will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, a co-presentation with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.