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New Voice Festival – Past/Present/Future

May 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

BROOKLYN ART SONG SOCIETY’S inaugural New Voices Festival brings the start of an essential event for modern song. This first festival takes the tradition that created countless masterpieces and re-imagines it for the 21st century. 15 works by living composers, half of them world-premieres, reflect on the past and look toward the future

SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2021 at 6:30PM CST | 7:30 PM EST

The idiosyncratic Balliett Brothers re-set Schubert’s final masterpiece Schwanengsesang in their own musical voices. After intermission, Katherine Balch‘s (a MN Orchestra Composer Institute participant) latest work takes a new look at Schumann’s masterful Dichterliebe from the female’s perspective, with newly commissioned poetry by Katie Ford. I. Katherine Balch: New Work* Brad and Doug Balliett: Swan Song * Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe Op. 48

SATURDAY, MAY 15TH, 2021 at 6:30PM CST | 7:30 PM EST

Each work in the second New Voices program takes a text from the past and gives it a new perspective, including words by Anna Akhmatova, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Walt Whitman, and more. II. Tom Cipullo: Rapture Daron Hagen: To a Street Person* Jennifer Higdon (a BandQuest and ChoralQuest composer): Lilacs James Kallembach: Autumn Violets* Libby Larsen (ACF’s co-founder and a BandQuest composer): New Work* James Primosch: 2 Whitman Love Songs Scott Wheeler: 3 Russian Nocturnes*

SATURDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2021 at 6:30PM CST | 7:30 PM EST

The New Voices finale looks back at BASS’s commissioned works from the last five years, celebrating its impressive past as it looks forward to its exciting future. III. Daniel Felsenfeld: For Clara James Matheson: Pessoa Songs Harold Meltzer: From a Book of Beautiful Monsters II Kurt Rohde: It Wasn’t a Dream

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