“a 21st century LIEDER-PALOOZA” – WQXR, New York City Classical Radio, April 2011
“The composers involved in this new Liederabend…span New York’s vibrant, inclusive new-music scene. Some…have shaped tastes for decades. Others like Sarah Kirkland Snider, David T. Little and Matt Marks are among the brightest lights to emerge in recent seasons… Joining those composers…is an equally starry constellation of vocalists, actors, stage directors and video artists.”
- Time Out New York, April 2011
“An expansive, at times explosive survey of contemporary art song, musical theater and opera.”
-Olivia Giovetti and Steve Smith
Seeking to update the definition of liederabend for the 21st century, independent producing companies Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt join forces to present the most ambitious, and comprehensive art song festival of the season. Building on the festival’s critically-acclaimed premiere in 2009 (Best of 2009 in Classical and Opera Timeout NYC), over the course of two evenings—with each featuring a distinct, dynamic program—video artists and lighting designers are paired with luminaries from the New York and international new-music scenes.
Boasting 10 world premieres, the festival—which played to sold-out audiences in its last two incarnations—showcases performances by NOVUS NY, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and a host of top soloists. The Friday lineup (Program 1) includes songs by Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, Muhammad Fairouz, David T. Little, Marie Incontrera, Eric Whitacre, Tod Machover, and more. On Saturday (Program 2), hear Anna Clyne’s commissioned song cycle As Sudden Shut; Judd Greenstein’s My City: Manahatta, featuring animation by Joshua Frankel; Paola Prestini’s Hubble Cantata; works by Nico Muhly, Julian Wachner; and much more.
For more information, visit the 21cliedearbend.com website!
"Upbeat and enthralling. " - The New York Times
"You couldn't ask for a better one-stop survey of what's happening in new music now" - New York Magazine
"You can expect to hear music by everyone from Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne to Chinese pipa player Min Xio-Fen, who in the above video sounds just like Buke and Gass. Which is a good thing." - Feast of Music
"VisionIntoArt…has facilitated flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers…" - New York Times
"…always intriguing and frequently beguiling….[VIA] deserves credit for envisioning new possibilities..." --New York Times, April 2011
"Visionary-in-Chief" --Time Out NY, about VIA Co-founder and Creative Director, Paola Prestini, May 2012
"The composers involved in this new Liederabend...span New York’s vibrant, inclusive, new-music scene."
- Time Out New York
"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists... a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illini
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - On Labyrinth The News Gazette
From our workshop production of John Zorn's Holy Visions
"evocative video projections by S. Katy Tucker. In a focused yet flexible performance, the sopranos Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey and Jane Sheldon; the mezzo Abigail Fischer; and the contralto Kirsten Sollek illuminated both the claustrophobia and the ecstasy at the heart of these medieval visions." - The New York Times, November 4, 2013
"eerily beautiful"- The New York Times, November 1, 2013