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Fordham University Announces: Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music

The 2014 Voices Up! Concert, the fifth in Fordham University’s annual series of events combining music and poetry, will take place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, at 7:30 PM. The venue is the 12th floor lounge of the Lowenstein Building, 113 W. 60th Street (NW corner, 60th St and Columbus Avenue.) Admission is free and open to the public.

Voices Up! is built around new work by both poets and composers. The series showcases premieres of newly composed settings of contemporary poems. Whenever possible the poets are on hand to read their work; the audience first hears the poetry in the poet’s own voice and then hears how the composer has reimagined it musically. The concerts to date have featured work by internationally renowned composers including Victoria Bond, David Dzubay, Paul Moravec, and Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham. Performers have included the renowned tenor Rufus Müller, rising stars including soprano Sharon Harms and the violin-cello duo of Madalyn and Cicely Parnas, and the dynamic new music Group Contemporaneous. The poets have been drawn from Fordham’s faculty (Elisabeth Frost, Heather Dubrow, Janet Kaplan), participants in the English Department’s Poets Out Loud reading series (Edward Hirsch), and winners of the Fordham University Press Poets Out Loud prize book series (Julie Choffel, AmySara Carroll, Nicolas Hundley).

The 2014 concert will feature TIGUE Percussion—Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody—with soprano Kjersti Kveli. Founded in 2012, TIGUE has performed in Chicago with the International Beethoven Festival; Madison, Wisconsin, with the Color Field Festival; the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and numerous venues in the New York Area including The Rite of Summer Festival and the Contagious Sound series at the Gershwin Hotel. Norwegian-born Kjersti Kveli is a songwriter, composer, and filmmaker as well as a singer now based in New York. Her debut CD, Release the Virgin, came out in 2012.

The program for this concert includes newly composed music by TIGUE and by Kyle Vegter setting poems from this year’s prizewinning Poets Out Loud volumes by Sara Michas-Martin and Peter Streckfus. Also included is the American premiere of Lawrence Kramer’s A Short History (of the 20th Century).

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