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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The George Shirley Vocal Competition

The competition is open to singers of all ethnicities and African American composers.

Willis Music Kenwood Steinway Gallery 8118 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Song Initiative: “Americana: Then and Now”

CSI presents snapshots of our nation's unique song style and its evolution over time. Includes songs by Burleigh, Duke, Ives, Thomson, Cipullo, Barber, Larsen, and Recio.

Old West Church 131 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA

Calliope’s Call: Cross Connections

Celebrating American art song composer Juliana Hall, with works by her mentors and a world premiere by the composer herself.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Paris, France

Mirror Visions Ensemble: This Land is Ours

When you think of how this land is ours, what do you feel? Pride, wonder, comfort and excitement. Ours is a sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life - its moods, landscapes and sounds. Featured is music by immigrants (Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Erich Korngold), women (Ruth Crawford Seeger, Francine Trester), and African Americans (Adolphus Hailstork, Brittney Boykin, Florence Price and Leslie Adams), as well as by classic American composers (Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Pete Seeger).

The Peoples Building
Denver, CO

songSLAM Denver

The Sparks & Wiry Cries Denver songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song, in partnership with Denver Art Song Project. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

The Promontory
Chicago, IL

songSLAM Chicago

The Sparks & Wiry Cries Chicago songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song in partnership with Fourth Coast Ensemble. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library
Hillsdale, NY

Mirror Visions Ensemble: This Land is Ours

When you think of how this land is ours, what do you feel? Pride, wonder, comfort and excitement. Ours is a sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life - its moods, landscapes and sounds. Featured is music by immigrants (Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Erich Korngold), women (Ruth Crawford Seeger, Francine Trester), and African Americans (Adolphus Hailstork, Brittney Boykin, Florence Price and Leslie Adams), as well as by classic American composers (Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Pete Seeger).

Terrace Theater
Washington D.C.

Vocal Arts DC: Lawrence Brownlee Recital

Program to include Schumann's Dichterliebe and the Washington premiere of Cycles of My Being, a new song cycle composed for Lawrence Brownlee by Tyshawn Sorey.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church
Dallas, Texas

Voces Intimae: Round Up of Texas Art Song Composers

VOCES Intimae's popular concert, Round Up of Texas Art Song Composers, is back! Y'all join us and tap your toes to music by David Featherstone, Quinn Mason, Duilio Dobrin, Allie Simpkins and more.

Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street
New York City

Mirror Visions Ensemble: This Land is Ours

When you think of how this land is ours, what do you feel? Pride, wonder, comfort and excitement. Ours is a sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life - its moods, landscapes and sounds. Featured is music by immigrants (Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Erich Korngold), women (Ruth Crawford Seeger, Francine Trester), and African Americans (Adolphus Hailstork, Brittney Boykin, Florence Price and Leslie Adams), as well as by classic American composers (Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Pete Seeger).

Old Town Hall
Salem, MA

Mirror Visions Ensemble: Journeys

Featuring travel songs by Barber, Berlioz, Blangini, Duparc, Haydn, Poulenc and Schubert, the Mirror Visions Ensemble sings its way to far-flung destinations, real and imaginary. MVE commissions by Tom Cipullo and Gilda Lyons round out the program, with settings of the poetry of Baudelaire, Joyce and Metastasio, and the correspondence of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC)
Spokane, WA

Hampsong Foundation Event

Song of America Teacher Workshop

The Song of America Teacher Workshop, co-sponsored by the Spokane Symphony, offers an interdisciplinary exploration of American history and culture through classic song. This workshop is designed for K-12 Language Arts, English, Social Studies, and Performing Arts educators, as well college instructors, teaching artists and college students preparing to teach K-12. Educators can earn clock hours with this workshop. To register for the workshop, teachers must contact the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox box office at (509) 624-1200.


Denver Art Song Project: The Pillars of African American Art Song

Denver Art Song Project’s curator, Stephanie Ann Ball, takes you through a journey of modern African-American art songs that transcend the genre. Experience the unexpected sounds of modern composers who reflect on texts and poetry. Hear the breadth of music from spirituals to modern art songs in this inspiring production.


Denver Art Song Project: The Pillars of African American Art Song

Denver Art Song Project’s curator, Stephanie Ann Ball, takes you through a journey of modern African-American art songs that transcend the genre. Experience the unexpected sounds of modern composers who reflect on texts and poetry. Hear the breadth of music from spirituals to modern art songs in this inspiring production.


Denver Art Song Project: The Pillars of African American Art Song

Denver Art Song Project’s curator, Stephanie Ann Ball, takes you through a journey of modern African-American art songs that transcend the genre. Experience the unexpected sounds of modern composers who reflect on texts and poetry. Hear the breadth of music from spirituals to modern art songs in this inspiring production.


Denver Art Song Project: The Pillars of African American Art Song

Denver Art Song Project’s curator, Stephanie Ann Ball, takes you through a journey of modern African-American art songs that transcend the genre. Experience the unexpected sounds of modern composers who reflect on texts and poetry. Hear the breadth of music from spirituals to modern art songs in this inspiring production.

Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
New York City

New York Festival of Song: Hyphenated Americans

We honor composers from abroad who have based their musical lives in the US along with first-generation American composers whose close links to their parents’ homelands can be heard through their compositions.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Art Song Society: Aaron Copland

Old American Songs (Sets I and II), 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Dominic Armstrong, tenor; Jorell Williams, baritone; Michael Brofman, Brent Funderburk piano Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by Patricia Mainardi (CUNY)

Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA

Mirror Visions Ensemble: An Oman Odyssey

MVE performs its commission from composer Francine Trester, inspired by the etchings of recluse artist Sheridan Oman of the American Southwest.

Cary Hall, DiMenna Center
New York City

NYC songSLAM FESTIVAL IV: “#MeToo: Pathways to Healing”

Final event of the 2019 songSLAM FESTIVAL
Sopranos Jennifer Holloway, Kamala Sankaram, Karen Slack
Mezzo-sopranos Margaret Lattimore, Naomi O'Connell
Pianists Lydia Brown, Kathleen Kelly

Featuring a world premiere song cycle by Natalie Draper with texts by Judy Grahn

Cary Hall, DiMenna Center
New York City

NYC songSLAM FESTIVAL III: “Expressions of Love: Stephanie Blythe and friends”

3rd event of the 2019 songSLAM FESTIVAL
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe & pianist Alan Louis Smith
Soprano Maggie Finnegan & pianist Daniel Overly

Featuring world-premiere song cycles by Juliana Hall and Scott Gendel


Dallas, Texas

Voces Intimae’s Annual Gala: The American Art Song

Bezaquen Hall, DiMenna Center
New York City

NYC songSLAM FESTIVAL II: “Word of Mouth: Mark Campbell in Song”

2nd event of the 2019 songSLAM FESTIVAL
Songs featuring the words of poet and lyricist Mark Campbell
Soprano Martha Guth, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and pianist Erika Switzer

Featuring world premiere song cycles by Mark Baechle and Kamala Sankaram

Cary Hall, DiMenna Center
New York City

NYC songSLAM FESTIVAL I

1st event of the 2019 songSLAM FESTIVAL. The flagship event for Sparks & Wiry Cries, the NYC songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music
Toronto

songSLAM Toronto

The Sparks & Wiry Cries Toronto songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song, in partnership with Women on the Verge. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

Icehouse MLPS
Minneapolis, MN

songSLAM Minneapolis

The Sparks & Wiry Cries Minneapolis songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song, in partnership with Source Song Festival. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $900 in cash prizes are awarded.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Art Song Society: Ned Rorem

Poems of Love and the Rain, War Scenes, Selected Songs Sarah Brailey, soprano; Annie Rosen; mezzo-soprano; Steven Eddy, baritone; Dashon Barton, bass-baritone; Michael Brofman, Daniel Schlosberg, Danny Zelibor, piano Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by Russell Platt (New Yorker)

Lowy Concert Hall
Tel Aviv, Israel

Thomas Hampson Concert

Includes a performance of Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs"

Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Boston, MA

Castle of Our Skins: Ode to Hayes

Castle of our Skins is excited to honor legendary singer Roland Hayes as part of the Front Porch Arts Collective and Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of Daniel Beaty's "Breath and Imagination". The celebration will include spirituals and art songs championed by Hayes and a world premiere created by youth.

Rappaport Hall
Haifa, Israel

Thomas Hampson Concert

Includes a performance of Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs"

Terrace Theater
Washington D.C.

Vocal Arts DC: Angel Blue Recital

Program to include selections by W.A. Mozart, Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninov, Jake Heggie, and Bruce Adolphe, as well as zarzuela arias and spirituals arrangements

Carnegie Hall
New York City

J’Nai Bridges Recital

Program to include songs by Ravel, Mahler, Falla, Ned Rorem, Richard Danielpour, and selected spirituals arranged by Bonds, Johnson, and Moore

Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Boston, MA

Castle of Our Skins: Ode to Hayes

Castle of our Skins is excited to honor legendary singer Roland Hayes as part of the Front Porch Arts Collective and Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of Daniel Beaty's "Breath and Imagination". The celebration will include spirituals and art songs championed by Hayes and a world premiere created by youth.


The Idea of America—The Thurber, Burleigh and Dvorak Relationship

An Event of the Harry T. Burleigh Society--Co-sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

Parsons Center for Health and Wellness
Phoenix, AZ

An AIDS Quilt Songbook 2018

A performance of selections from the AIDS Quilt Songbook, 1992 to the present. Ticket purchases go 100% to the support of Joshua Tree Feeding Program, an all-volunteer food pantry serving persons living with HIV/AIDS in Maricopa county. This performance takes place at a display of panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and launches a week of local AIDS awareness and commemorative events.

Terrace Theater
Washington D.C.

Vocal Arts DC: John Brancy Recital

Program to include selections by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Ives, Berlin, Speaks, Novello, Rachmaninov and others.

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Art Song Society: Samuel Barber

The Daisies Op. 2 no. 1, Dover Beach Op. 3, 3 Songs Op. 10, 4 Songs Op. 13 Hermit Songs Op. 29, Despite and Still Op. 41, 3 Songs Op. 45 Lucy Fitz-Gibbon, soprano; Samantha Malk, mezzo-soprano; Steven Eddy, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Brian Mextorf, baritone; Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, piano; Members of PhiloSonia Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by Nick DiBeradino (Curtis Institute)

Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor, MI

songSLAM Ann Arbor

The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song, in partnership with the Kerrytown Concert House, and Mc’d by Kathleen Kelly. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

Voertman Hall, University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

CollabFest 2018: Songs of Juliana Hall

Recital of songs by American composer Juliana Hall--part of CollabFest 2018

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

Christine Brewer Recital

Christine Brewer will perform works by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Richard Rodgers, Sidney Homer, Celius Dougherty, Paul Sargent, Harold Arlen, Ernest Charles and Frank Bridge.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Art Song Society: Charles Ives

Selected Songs Including "The Children’s Hour," "General Booth Enters into Heaven," and "The Housatonic at Stockbridge"

Laetitia Grimaldi, Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Fallon, tenor; Michael Kelly, Will Liverman, baritone; Michael Brofman Ammiel Bushekavitz, piano

Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM by composer Daniel Felsenfeld

Tanglewood Music Festival
Lenox, MA

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood

Reflecting the season-long theme, The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood will spotlight Bernstein's wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as an inspirer of a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. The gala concert will feature a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway.

Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown, NY

Hampsong Foundation Event

Song of America: Beyond Liberty

Beloved American baritone Thomas Hampson opens the American Songbook to explore the influential people and monumental events that helped create and define “the land of the free.” Guiding the audience through centuries of stories, Mr. Hampson tells personal anecdotes and offers historical monologues and readings of his favorite poetry, offering rich context with which to celebrate America’s history of song. Written with Royce Vavrek and developed with Francesca Zambello, “Beyond Liberty” will travel to all 50 states after its premiere at Glimmerglass.

Fenimore Art Museum
Cooperstown, NY

Hampsong Foundation Event

Song of America Educator Workshop

The two-day Song of America workshop offers an interdisciplinary exploration of American history and culture through two artistic forms: classic song (poetry set to music) and visual art (as represented by the holdings of the Fenimore Art Museum). Educators will engage in hands-on activities, participate in interactive presentations, and experience live performances of music as well as of pieces in the museum collection.

Fenimore Art Museum
Cooperstown, NY

Hampsong Foundation Event

Song of America Educator Workshop

The two-day Song of America workshop (Aug. 16-17, 2018) offers an interdisciplinary exploration of American history and culture through two artistic forms: classic song (poetry set to music) and visual art (as represented by the holdings of the Fenimore Art Museum). Educators will engage in hands-on activities, participate in interactive presentations, and experience live performances of music as well as of pieces in the museum collection. The workshop will culminate in the preparation of lesson plans and activities specific to the grades and subjects of participating educators which integrate the arts with humanities topics. Ideal for K-12 Language Arts, English, Social Studies, and Performing Arts Educators. Special topics will include Native American culture, Alexander Hamilton/Early America, the Civil War, North American folk movements, and African American history of the 20th century.

Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

Hampsong Foundation Event

Song of America Educator Workshop

Part of the “Creating Memorable Introductions to Music” series–only available to teachers selected for the 2017-2018 program.