Tonight, January 28, 2014 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song opens the 2013-14 edition of its forward-looking NYFOS Next series with MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS.
NYFOS Next-which spotlights today's composers, lyricists and interpreters of modern song-finds a new home this season, moving to the recital hall at Opera America's National Opera Center, a newly designed state-of-the-art facility ideally suited to NYFOS Next's intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
Acclaimed composer-librettist Mark Adamo curates this NYFOS Next evening featuring both his own music and that of his colleagues and friends, including John Bucchino, Michele Brourman, Conrad Winslow, Mark Baechle, and librettist Royce Vavrek.
Having risen to prominence with his critically acclaimed opera Little Women, Mark Adamo, a "brilliant theater composer" (The New Yorker), premiered a new song cycle last season, The Racer's Widow, as well as his latest opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commissioned by San Francisco Opera in June 2013. "The densely rhapsodic new opera...burns with the fervor of an artist championing a cause," wrote The San Francisco Chronicle.
John Bucchino's work has been performed and recorded by artists as diverse as Art Garfunkel, Audra McDonald, Barbara Cook, and Nathan Gunn. With numerous awards including two Drama Desk nominations, his work has been praised by The New York Times as possessing "a singular voice and an absolute integrity of expression."
Michele Brourman, "an unquestionably amazing talent," (Broadway World) is the winner of the Johnny Mercer Award for "Emerging American Songwriters." Her songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Sheena Easton, Rita Coolidge, and more. Her best known song, "My Favorite Year", recorded by Michael Feinstein, Cleo Laine and Margaret Whiting, has become a cabaret standard. A frequent performer in ASCAP's songwriter concerts, her work spans television and the theater, and she has appeared in the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricist Series at New York's 92nd Street Y.
Conrad Winslow's music, often buoyant, coloristic, and deeply architectural, is characterized by "harmonic thorniness and rhythmic vitality," according to The New York Times. His instrumental music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles such as the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the NYU Symphony, and the Guidonian Hand trombone quartet. He also composed the music for the film "The Last Romantic" (2006), an "IndieWIRE undiscovered gem" available on IFC on-demand.
New York-based composer and producer Mark Baechle works for the theater, stage and film. As arranger and orchestrator, he has worked on over 30 films; his credits include "The Good Shepherd" (2006), "Across The Universe" (2007), "Sin Nombre" (2008), "Public Enemies" (2009), "Remember Me" (2010), "Enough Said" (2013) and many more. His expertise in electronic music and synthesizer programming has led to collaborations with the St. Louis Opera, London Metropolitan Orchestra and the Albany Symphony.
Royce Vavrek is a multi-disciplinary narrative artist from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, whose work has been hailed as "wildly dramatic and...exhilarating" by The New York Times. His work spans filmmaking, libretti, and playwriting, including collaborations with composers David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli and Ricky Ian Gordon, presented by ensembles and venues including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble,Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, and The Kitchen.
Tickets for NYFOS Next are free, though seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve tickets please contact (646) 230-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.