New York Festival of Song Presents
NYFOS Next: Laura Kaminsky & Friends
May 30, June 11 7:30pm
Composers Laura Kaminsky, Kayla Cashetta, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Karpman, Paula Kimper, Nora Kroll Rosenbaum, set newly-created poems by Elaine Sexton
Composer of the celebrated opera AS ONE, Laura Kaminsky curates and hosts a salon of contemporary songs by lesbian-identified composers and librettists. Featuring the world premiere of a collaboratively-created song cycle AFTER STONEWALL by Kaminsky, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Karpman, Paula Kimper, Nora Kroll Rosenbaum, and new face on the scene, Kayla Cashetta, who will all set new poems by Elaine Sexton inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
The evening will also include a performance of FIERCE GRACE: JEANNETTE RANKIN by mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson and pianist Mila Henry, with libretto by Kimberly Reed and contributions from composers Kaminsky, Karpman, Kitty Brazelton, and Ellen Reid. (Opera America commission; premiered in 2017 at the Library of Congress). Other artists include soprano Devony Smith, baritone Jorell Williams, and pianist Michael Barrett.
NYFOS NEXT: Laura Kaminsky & Friends is a co-presentation with Five Boroughs Music Festival and The LGBT Center.
AFTER STONEWALL was commissioned by New York Festival of Song and Five Boroughs Music Festival.
NYFOS Next is funded, in part, by the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music.
All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.