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New York Showcase Spotlights Song by OCU's Joel B. New
A song by Joel B. New, winner of a 2008 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, will be featured on the Songbook series at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Bruno Walter Auditorium. The 18th season of the series, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul's, begins with a free concert 6 p.m. Oct. 27, spotlights new songs by up-and-coming composers and lyricists. Justin Daniel will perform "Better than Fine" from New's “Stand Clear.” The Bruno Walter Auditorium is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. For more information call (212) 870-1630. New is a graduate of the Bass School and earned an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He remained in New York after graduation and works as a composer, lyricist, bookwriter, arranger, dramaturge, vocal coach, and performer. In 2003, Oklahoma City University staged the premiere of New's first full-length musical, “You & My Heart,” with book, music, and lyrics by New. Since then, his songs have been performed across the country in recitals, master classes, concerts, festivals, cabarets, and a songbook revue entitled “Something New.” Current projects include “Looking Around, Looking Back,” an album musical with vocalist TJ Moss and director Jessica Hutchinson; “Stand Clear,” a theatrical song cycle; and “Awakening,” a musical based on Kate Chopin's 1899 novella with J. Oconer Navarro. Under the direction of Jen Bender, “Awakening” received a 2008 NYU-Tisch Alumni Development Grant made possible by the Frederick Loewe Foundation and the 2006 Margo Lion Award for Outstanding Adaptation.