"To offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range performed by New York’s finest musicians
To commission new works by emerging and established composers
To remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.”
Exploring artistic partnership from multiple vantage points, uncommon practice / open studio is a project built on the belief that collaboration nourishes creators, expands communities, and has the potential to unfold into new projects, unexpected learning, exceptional growth, and innovative creation. Working in partnership, The Phoenix Concerts, The Hartt School, and Downtown Music at Grace co-present a program of contemporary works featuring performances by Hartt School faculty, students, and alums.
In celebration of the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth and his lasting contribution to American letters and song, Lyric Fest has commissioned new settings of the poet’s work by composers: Melissa Dunphy, Derek Bermel, Gilda Lyons, James Primosch, David Shapiro, Curt Cacioppo, Glen Roven, Isabella Ness, Raymond Lustig, Nkeiru Okoye, and the winner of Lyric Fest’s young composer competition. On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 Lyric Fest brings these ten newly-commissioned songs to The Phoenix Concerts for performance by singers Amy Van Roekel, Kelly Ann Bixby, Hannah Ludwig, Raehann Bryce, William Burden, James Reese, Keith Phares, Sidney Outlaw; with pianist Laura Ward.