Dedicated to presenting world-class, reasonably priced chamber music live shows in all corners of New York Metropolis, 5 Boroughs Music Pageant (5BMF) proclaims its 2023 winter/spring season, that includes three units of programming. 5 Boroughs Music Pageant companions with esteemed choral group Voices of Ascension to current three live shows as a part of the Voices of the New 2023 Winter Pageant on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Roulette Intermedium.
5BMF and GEMAS (Gotham Early Music Scene/Americas Society) then co-present Cuban early music ensemble Ars Longa de la Habana in a program highlighting the African presence in baroque music from the New World on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church. In June, 5BMF companions with ChamberQUEER – an ensemble and presenter highlighting LGBTQ+ voices in classical music – to increase their Delight Month programming all through the boroughs with three live shows from June 9 to 12 at venues to be introduced in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
Curated by inaugural Voices of the New artist and 5BMF alumna artist Hai-Ting Chinn, every Voices of the New Winter Pageant live performance options the world premiere efficiency of a newly commissioned work by a composer who was chosen by means of an open name for proposals issued in late 2021. The brand new items are paired with a number of previous and new works chosen by the members of the ensemble and carried out on an intimate scale, providing the viewers an opportunity to attach immediately with the ensemble.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., Songs to the Unknown explores singing as a method of connecting ourselves to one thing bigger than our particular person selves and options the world premiere of Hannah Selin’s and we fly away. Devoted to aged relations who’ve handed away lately, this piece will set parts of Psalm 90 in numerous languages, and can discover the influence of previous generations on the current. The rest of this system will discover the themes of dying, afterlife, and previous generations, and can contain members from various spiritual and non-religious religious traditions and the chants and chant-derived music from these traditions.
Love, Loneliness and Lamentation, Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. options the world premiere of Max Vinetz’s low cost placeholders for actual issues for eight voices and string quartet and in addition contains music from the candy to the cynical and all the things in between.
The third live performance of the Pageant on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Circle in Movement, celebrates the extraordinary energy of communal music making to create connections. This system contains the world premiere of Songs in Movement by Raquel Acevedo Klein, which explores the sensation of reconnecting with one another after a interval of pandemic isolation, and the re-evoking of the sensation of singing collectively and for an viewers. The lyrics will draw on private narratives that Raquel will gather from members of the ensemble, together with neighborhoods they’ve been a part of and random encounters that carry folks collectively within the interconnected panorama of a metropolis, beginning with Raquel’s personal Puerto Rican and Colombian group and branching out to a wide range of communities throughout town.
The three live shows will likely be carried out by the Voices of Ascension Singers and Gamers, a chamber ensemble drawn from a mixture of longtime members of Voices of Ascension, in addition to new faces. The Voices of the New Pageant was envisioned as a method to highlight the skills of its particular person members and serves as a spot for the singers to train creative autonomy and management as they collaboratively program and rehearse these live shows, whereas offering a method for Voices of Ascension to satisfy new artists, significantly those that come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Taken collectively, these three live shows will present each culturally particular and collective reflections on how a musical group creates artwork out of essentially the most difficult and comforting experiences that happen for human beings, and learn how to discover how music and singing collectively mirror and create group.
In March, Cuban early music ensemble Ars Longa de la Habana makes its 5BMF debut in a program drawing from the ensemble’s 2013 album Gulumbá Gulumbé. Resonancias de África en el Nuevo Mundo. In a live performance co-presented by 5BMF and GEMAS, a collaboration between Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) and the Americas Society, Ars Longa performs music primarily based on analysis by Guatemalan musicologist Omar Morales Abril, together with a number of villancicos negros, musical items meant primarily for Christmas, in addition to poetry, recited by members of the ensemble.
In an effort to increase their 2023 Delight Month programming all through the boroughs, 5BMF companions with ChamberQUEER for live shows comprising their fifth annual summer season collection. ChamberQUEER is a Brooklyn-based arts and tradition group that highlights LGBTQ+ voices in up to date and historic music and reimagines the classical live performance milieu as a radically inclusive group. Along with 5BMF, each organizations will co-present an immersive and participatory expertise with performances from June 9 to 12 in venues to be introduced all through Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan, encompassing reflections of queer creative partnerships all through historical past and that includes an ensemble of at the moment’s most enjoyable composer-performers. Along with providing lovely and emotionally charged packages, this providing will discover how the networks and connections of our day by day and efficiency life contribute to tell and rework the artistic course of. This occasion marks ChamberQUEER’s first manufacturing in Staten Island.