Beginning in November, Black Tea Music and NewMusicShelf has joined forces to present a series of concerts celebrating the launch of NewMusicShelf’s Anthology of New Music series at the National Opera Center in Manhattan. After a successful series launch concert with baritone Michael Kelly and pianist Kathleen Kelly on November 3, Sopranos Laura Strickling, Jamie Jordan, and Kristina Bachrach and pianist Daniel Schlosberg perform the 20 songs collected in the NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Soprano, Vol. 1 on December 1. This collection features music by John Arrigo-Nelson, Paul Ayres, Clint Borzoni, Mark Buller, Martin Bussey, Emerson Eads, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jodi Goble, Juliana Hall, Gordon Kerry, Joshua Lindsay, Cecilia Livingston, Ray Lustig, Carrie Magin, James Matheson, James Primosch, Behzad Ranjbaran, William Toutant, and Theodore Wiprud.
On January 5th, Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen performs the 20 songs collected in the NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Mezzo-Soprano, Vol. 1, featuring works by Michael Betteridge, Mark Buller, Stephen DeCesare, Douglas Fisk, Matt Frey, Jodi Goble, Ricky Ian Gordon, Cara Haxo, Cameron Lam, Cecilia Livingston, Shona Mackay, Tony Manfredonia, Nicole Murphy, Eric Pazdziora, Frances Pollock, Julia Seeholzer, Alan Thiesen, Dennis Tobenski, Moe Touizrar, and Ed Windels.
On February 2nd, Tenor Dennis Tobenski and pianist Trudy Chan perform the 20 songs collected in the NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Tenor, Vol. 1. with music by Paul Ayres, Chester Biscardi, Clint Borzoni, Steven Burke, Daniel Gilliam, Juliana Hall, Drew Hemenger, Garrett Hope, Rory Johnston, David Leisner, Lisa Neher, Frank J. Oteri, Gabrielle Owens, Darien Shulman, Dennis Tobenski, Craig Urquhart, Philip Wharton, Scott Wheeler, David Wolfson, and Roger Zahab.
Official recordings for the Anthologies are currently in the works. Meanwhile, go grab your own copies, and let us know about your performance plans!