The Broadway Sinfonietta, the trailblazing, all female-identifying and majority BIPOC orchestra and production company founded in 2020 by Egyptian-American Orchestrator and Music Director Macy Schmidt, has signed with Sony Masterworks Broadway, it was announced today. As part of this partnership, The Broadway Sinfonietta and Sony Masterworks Broadway have released a new single, “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” performed by Solea Pfeiffer, available now on all digital service providers – LISTEN HERE. More music will be announced soon.
“Nearly two years after launching, I’m so excited for the Sinfonietta to be taking its next big steps with such amazing partners as Sony Masterworks and Carnegie Hall to begin releasing our recording work and finally performing live with the full orchestra,” Schmidt said. “And after such an amazing two years working as a house orchestra, it feels incredible to, for the first time, present an original program of arrangements to tell our own story and amplify women’s voices.”
“We’re so thrilled for this partnership with Macy Schmidt and the Broadway Sinfonietta,” comments Scott Farthing, SVP of Sony Masterworks Broadway. “It’s so important to support the next generation of Broadway artists, and our association with Macy Schmidt exemplifies this commitment. Her mission to shine a spotlight on female musicians and their stories is long overdue, and we’re honored to join Macy on this important journey to share this extraordinary music and talent with the world.”
The news comes ahead of The Broadway Sinfonietta’s free outdoor concert tonight (Friday, July 22) at 7 pm for Bryant Park Picnic Performances as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide. The performance, which marks The Broadway Sinfonietta’s live full orchestra debut concert, will feature a 25-piece ensemble and special guests Solea Pfeiffer, Arielle Jacobs, Grammy Award-winner Abigail Barlow (premiering an original song), Sandra Okuboyejo, Krystina Alabado, Elyse Bell and Kim Blanck. It also features 5 women conductors; Schmidt is joined by Meg Zervoulis (The Prom, Mean Girls), and Cynthia Meng (Company, Hadestown, Suffs), as well as Colleen McCormack (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Newsies Jr.) and Zarifa Adiba, one of the first two female conductors of Afghanistan.
Pfeiffer will perform “You're Gonna Hear From Me” at tonight’s concert to celebrate the single release. The track, written by Andre and Dory Previn for the 1965 film Inside Daisy Clover and re-imagined in Schmidt's new arrangement, also features musicians Macy Schmidt, Lady Jess, Tomoko Akaboshi, Maria Im, Marika Hughes, Elena Bonomo, Elizabeth Steiner, Hitomi Yakata-Garcia, Jackie Coleman, Yuri Yamashita, Julia Adamy, Adrienne Baker, Coreisa Janelle Lee, Patricia Billings, Nicole DeMaio, Lessie Vonner, Sara Jacovino and Kyra Sims.
Attendees to this Bryant Park Picnic Performances event on the Bryant Park Lawn may bring their own food or purchase from a rotating line-up of on-site local NYC vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not currently required for this event. For anyone unable to attend in person, free livestream broadcasts of the performances will be available nationwide via Bryant Park's website and social media platforms. The 2022 Picnic Performances season is possible due to the generous support of Bank of America.
Founded in October 2020 in the midst of the COVID Pandemic, The Broadway Sinfonietta has risen to prominence as a recording orchestra and gala house orchestra, quickly establishing itself as a fixture in the theater and music communities. They’ve performed with artists including Jordin Sparks, Brandy, Lady A’s Hillary Scott and Laura Bell Bundy, the TikTok musicals Ratatouille and For You, Paige, and theatrical organizations such as Ars Nova, Second Stage and the Atlantic Theater Company. As a production company, the Sinfonietta has partnered with Bloomingdale’s, MAC Cosmetics, and The Atlantic Magazine to create original commissioned content. In addition to their work as a house orchestra, they've made waves with original work, commissioning new songs by writers on the rise to be written exclusively for the orchestra, some of which you'll hear tonight.
For more information about The Broadway Sinfonietta, visit https://www.thebroadwaysinfonietta.com/. Click here for more information about tonight’s Bryant Park Picnic Performances as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide.