JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

Welcome

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Juliana Hall is known primarily as an American art song and vocal chamber music composer whose music has been heard in 26 countries on six continents.

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Highlights of the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season include world premiere performances of Hall’s song cycle O Mistress Mine, written for the late Brian Asawa and performed in his memory by countertenor Darryl Taylor at the 2016 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; a large vocal chamber setting of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem Roosters by the vocal duo Feminine Musique at the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project in Princeton, NJ; the song cycle How Do I Love Thee? by soprano Martha Guth and a large setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells by soprano Alexandra Porter on a composer profile concert, also at the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project; the song cycle Upon This Summer’s Day by soprano Nadine Benjamin at the 2016 London Festival of American Music; and a brand new song cycle, Christina’s World, commissioned and premiered by soprano Gwen Coleman Detwiler on the Cincinnati Song Initiative series.

Juliana’s song cycle Night Dances will also be performed on an art song concert on the Capital Fringe Chamber Music Series in Washington, DC and on two concerts as part of the Calliope’s Call art song series in Boston, all by soprano Maggie Finnegan; and her song cycles Dreams in War Time and Propriety by are being presented on a special profile concert – CELESTIAL REFRAINS: SONGS OF JULIANA HALL – by the Casement Fund Song Series in New York City, with soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and mezzo soprano Jazimina MacNeil.

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Juliana Hall caught much of Emily Dickinson’s humor and gentle lyricism in seven songs drawn from her letters, ‘Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush.’ A bright, extended tonality and a moving, spare lyricism allowed the texts to breathe. Her first setting of ‘To Susan Gilbert’ was the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon.

— Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

SAMPLE SONGS
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AUDIO CREDITS:
Dawn Upshaw, soprano and Margo Garrett, piano (NIGHT DANCES)
Christopher Walker, tenor and Juliana Hall, piano (PEACOCK PIE)
Katherine Eberle, mezzo soprano and Robin Guy, piano (THEME IN YELLOW)
Richard Lalli, baritone and Juliana Hall, piano (DEATH’S ECHO)
Jayne West, soprano and Karen Sauer, piano (SYLLABLES OF VELVET, SENTENCES OF PLUSH)

VIDEO CREDITS:
Joel Burcham, tenor and Elizabeth Avery, piano (THE HOLY SONNETS OF JOHN DONNE)

PERFORMER SPOTLIGHT
Soprano Maggie Finnegan

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Looking forward to performances in September and October!

O MISTRESS MINE
World Premiere
& Recording Sessions

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A magical evening followed by the completion of my first solo CD recording.

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THE VENUES
Performance Locations

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