Since 2005, THE PHOENIX CONCERTS, New York's “intrepid” and "plucky Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker), has commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and sixty contemporary composers' works on over fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle. Thousands of additional listeners have been reached through streaming videos, visuals, and program notes on its comprehensive website (www.thephoenixconcerts.org) as well as rebroadcasts on WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky's Fine Arts Station.
THE PHOENIX CONCERTS' unwavering commitment to presenting a broad spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. Catered post-concert receptions offer an informal setting where audiences interact with performers and composers. Building from a core season presented at Manhattan’s Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, the calendar includes collaborative events hosted in partnership with: American Opera Projects; Beijing New Music Ensemble; Chamber Music America; Downtown Music at Grace; Hudson Opera House; Kyo-Shin-An Arts; Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Beth Morrison Projects; Salon Harlem; Seasons Music Festival; "Composers Now" Festival at Symphony Space; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Corporation of Yaddo.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STEPHEN DEMBSKI / President
WILLIAM RHOADS / Vice President
SLAVKO KRSTIC / Treasurer
JUHI BANSAL / Secretary
KATHRYN ALEXANDER / Board Member
DANIEL GILLIAM / Board Member
GLEN ROVEN / Board Member
MICHAEL SPUDIC / Board Member
GILDA LYONS / Executive and Artistic Director, (b. 1975), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. The recent premiere of A New Kind of Fallout—Lyons’ mainstage opera inspired by the life and work of Rachel Carson, written with librettist Tammy Ryan, and commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh—was described as “powerfully effective” (Pittsburgh Stage Magazine), “haunting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and “spot-on at re-creating the atmosphere of the early '60s” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). Sing for Hope featured Lyons' Hold On on their most recent release, An AIDS Quilt Songbook, available on iTunes and GPR Records. Lindsey Goodman and Robert Frankenberry's tour de force performance of Lyons' Chrysalis was released on New Dynamic Records in April 2016. Upcoming and recent premieres in Ann Arbor, Beijing, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tokyo include: Scales and Tales (Mirror Visions Ensemble; Musée des arts Decoratifs, Paris; Performing Arts Library of Lincoln Center, NYC; Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI); walk, run, fly (pre-recorded sound & voice; The Flea Theater, New York City); Lady Beetle (koto; Torifony Hall, Tokyo); La Novia de Tola (Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing; Finisterra Trio, Seattle; Entelechron, New York City); Invocations (shakuhachi & voice; Kyo-Shin-An Arts, Tenri, NYC) and rapid transit (5 Borough Music Festival, New York City, available on iTunes and GPR Records). Lyons currently teaches composition at The Hartt School, University of Hartford; and Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. Her music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer and Burning Sled Music. An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's Shining Brow (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes "Gilda Lyons's clear soprano compels admiration." www.gildalyons.com