Art song composer Juliana Hall will be featured in two concerts on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – first in the U.K., then in the U.S. a few hours later.
At 6:00 PM in London, the new art song series Re-Sung is devoting an entire concert to Hall’s work, touting her as “one of the brightest voices in contemporary American art song.” The concert takes place at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP, and will include Hall’s soprano song cycle “When the South Wind Sings” and her baritone cycle “Death’s Echo.”
Re-Sung was founded by Dylan Perez, an American pianist who graduated in 2016 with Distinction from the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; he is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma course at the School. Perez was recently awarded the Gerald Moore Award and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment.
Joining Perez is Australian/American soprano Corinne Cowling, who recently graduated with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has performed widely throughout the U.K. and internationally. She was awarded first place in the 2016 Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition and placed third in the 2017 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.
Performing “Death’s Echo” is New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, who graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School and has also concertized throughout the U.K. and internationally. Van Mellaerts won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and first prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Returning to U.S. shores, Hall’s music will be celebrated in a special concert presented by the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music on the campus of SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York. Fall Island’s mission is to encourage autonomous artistry in emerging artist-level performers through the study and interpretation of art song by living American composers.
Hall was invited by Artistic Director Stephanie Blythe to be the 2018 Guest “Spotlight” Composer at this year’s seminar. During the day on Wednesday the 23rd, Hall will coach the outstanding 2018 Fellowship Artists in the preparation of her songs, which will be performed later at the 7:30 PM concert “An Evening with American Composer Juliana Hall.” This event will be live-streamed by the Crane School and Fall Island.
Blythe and Music Director Alan Smith will also speak with Hall about her music.
Songs will include “A Birthday” from the song cycle Christina’s World, A Northeast Storm,”Under the Harvest Moon” from the cycle When the South Wind Singscycle, “Death’s Echo” from the eponymous-named , “Dream” from the cycle Propriety, and “Song” from the cycle Night Dances. In addition, Blythe and Smith will perform the premiere of “At That Hour When All Things Have Repose,” from the cycle Of That So Sweet Imprisonment, which Hall composed especially for Blythe (and which will be premiered in its entirety at a later date).
Juliana Hall’s next big event, “Positively Magical” – The Art Songs of Juliana Hall takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 1:10 PM at the National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Soprano Amy Petrongelli and pianist Blair Salter will perform a program of art songs by Juliana Hall, sponsored by E. C. Schirmer. Come meet Juliana Hall at NATS!