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Songs of Juliana Hall
Join us for our second concert of the season, "Celestial Refrains." In this concert we shine the spotlight on Juliana Hall, an American composer known best for her luminous work in art song and chamber music, by programming two of her song cycles alongside works of composers who influence her most. Hall’s sensitivity to both poetry and the voice has led her to write for such renowned singers as Dawn Upshaw, David Malis and Brian Asawa. This evening will feature three upcoming performers: soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.
The National Opera Center, Scorca Hall
November 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
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The editors of Sparks speak to Christie Finn, the Managing director of Hampsong:
On Saturday the 5th of December the Hampsong Foundation, headed up by world renowned Baritone Thomas Hampson, will come to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor to Launch what will be an exciting initiative in Art Song: the Song of America Educators workshop and Curriculum Initiative pilot. It is a way to bring his Song of America program into K-12 classrooms and...
The Cartoonery of Tyler Duncan (Baritone)
For those of us who love Brahms’s songs, our first encounter with “Kein Haus, keine Heimat” (No house, no homeland) was probably a shock—it certainly was for me. Published in 1884 when Brahms was fifty-one years old, this work is twenty measures of undiluted bitterness, over almost before...
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Deen Larsen’s extraordinary words stop me in my tracks. My tracks, so often hasty and restless, at first resist the meditative depth of his thoughts, but then, slowing out of curiousity, welcome the provocation. Thank you, Deen, for...
It can be disappointing to open an art song recital program and find no translations inside, especially these days when there can be such delightful variety in the languages offered in one concert. Perhaps many North American audience-members will know enough French or Spanish to get the gist of...
Next Saturday, the Brooklyn Art Song Society will present the third installment of its new music series In Context. The purpose of In Context is to present the works of living composers alongside ‘standard’ repertoire with the goal of showing continuity instead of contrast. Art song is especially well equipped to
On Tuesday November 6th I woke up in Montpellier, France to be greeted by sad news. Although he had reached the ripe old age of 103, I was still sadly taken aback by the death of the extraordinary composer Elliott Carter. It seemed curious timing since I was in France to perform...
New York based pianists Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware are part way into an ambitious project: to perform all of Schubert’s Songs in one season. It takes a village to make something like this happen of course, and it turns out that the Schubert-Village is thriving. Singers and pianists are volunteering their time and...
H. H. Holmes (aka Herman Mudgett) earned the distinction of being one of the first, if not the most prolific, of America’s serial killers. After having credited several murder victims to his account, Holmes opened a hotel in Chicago during the...
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