JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

NEWS

E. C. SCHIRMER SIGNS JULIANA HALL
ART SONG CATALOG
June 22, 2017

“E. C. Schirmer is pleased to announce our new publishing relationship with renowned American Art Song Composer, Juliana Hall. E. C. Schirmer looks forward to adding Hall’s works to our vocal catalog, which also includes music by American composers such as David Conte, Daron Hagen, Libby Larsen, Henry Mollicone, and Gwyneth Walker.”

Read the press release, including a wonderful endorsement by famed Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe:

JULIANA HALL TO BE GUEST COMPOSER
AT THE 2018 FALL ISLAND VOCAL ARTS SEMINAR
May 28, 2017

While bidding adieu to this year’s crop of wonderful singer and collaborative pianist participants at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, it was announced that composer Juliana Hall will be the Guest Composer at the 2018 Seminar.

As part of her involvement with this fine art song program, Hall will be on hand to work with next year’s participants during the seminar from May 21-27, 2018, and will have a spotlight concert of her works on May 23, 2018.

Read more about this amazing program founded by famed Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe:

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE LIKES “LOVE’S SIGNATURE”
May 7, 2017

Donald Rosenberg had warm words for my new CD “Love’s Signature”, saying “[Juliana Hall’s] sensitivity to words is on impressive display on Love’s Signature…these songs show Hall to be a composer who savours lyrical lines and harmonies peppered with gentle spices.”

Read the review at the right, or go to the page via this link:

“LOVE’S SIGNATURE” IS RECORDING OF THE MONTH
ON VOIX DES ARTS
April 4, 2017

Joseph Newsome of the excellent classical blog VOIX DES ARTS has made “Love’s Signature” (songs for countertenor and soprano by Juliana Hall) his RECORDING OF THE MONTH for April, 2017. Indeed, he has some very fine words for this recording, and for my music…a few samples:

“Each of Hall’s notes has a purpose as clearly defined as that of each of Shakespeare’s words. The songs’ novelty is wholly organic, never contrived, and the composer perpetuates the American Art Song tradition of Beach, Barber, and Bolcom with music of ingenuity and integrity.”

“Anyone who doubts the health of the Art of Song should hear this performance. In it, composer, poet, singer, and pianist uphold the standards established when Schubert made songs of the words of Goethe and Heine and when Pears and Britten performed them.”

Thank you, Joseph, for your kind words…I’m so happy you enjoyed “Love’s Signature”!

Read the review:

SONGFEST 2017 SOREL COMMISSION
February 14, 2017

America’s premier art song festival and training ground for young singers and collaborative pianists has awarded me this year’s Sorel Commission, to compose a song cycle – WHEN THE SOUTH WIND SINGS (7 songs for soprano and piano on poems by Carl Sandburg) – that will be performed at SongFest 2017 by a professional fellow soprano and pianist at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, date and time TBA.

Many thanks to the Sorel Organization for their support of American art song by sponsoring this commission and, of course, to SongFest itself for this great honor and opportunity!

Learn more:

LOVE’S SIGNATURE
January 31, 2017

My first solo CD recording is now available on the MSR Classics label, a fine independent classical music record label here in New England.

Many thanks to the Sorel Organization for the 2015 Recording Grant they awarded me, which made this recording possible.

Very grateful to the amazing artists on this recording:

LOVE’S SIGNATURE is available from:

LONDON FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC
The Warehouse Waterloo
London, England
November 10, 2016

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 soprano Nadine Benjamin and pianist Susanna Stranders performed the world premiere of my song cycle UPON THIS SUMMER’S DAY at the Warehouse Waterloo, as part of the 2017 London Festival of American Music.

To learn more about soprano Nadine Benjamin, check her website.

To learn more about pianist Susanna Stranders, check her website.

To learn more about the 2017 London Festival of American Music, check its website.

CELESTIAL REFRAINS: SONGS OF JULIANA HALL
National Opera Center, New York City
November 6, 2016

On Sunday, November 6, 2016 soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, mezzo soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough performed three of my song cycles – DREAMS IN WAR TIME, MUSIC LIKE A CURVE OF GOLD, and PROPRIETY, at the National Opera Center in New York City, as part of a concert devoted to my works, and to other composers whose songs have influenced mine, including Dominick Argento, Benjamin Britten, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, George Crumb, Ivor Gurney, and Charles Ives.

The concert was sponsored by Sparks & Wiry Cries and The Casement Fund Song Series.

To learn more about Sparks & Wiry Cries, check their website.

To learn more about Casement Fund Song Series, check their website.

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SYLLABLES OF VELVET, SENTENCES OF PLUSH
UNT on the Square, Denton, TX
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA
October 27, 2016 & November 4, 2016

On Thursday, October 27, 2016 soprano Molly Fillmore performed my song cycle SYLLABLES OF VELVET, SENTENCES OF PLUSH, with pianist Elvia Puccinelli, at UNT on the Square at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, as part of a concert of American song settings of the works of Emily Dickinson.

The concert was repeated on Friday evening, November 4, 2016, at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.

To learn more about Molly Fillmore, check her website.

To learn more about Elvia Puccinelli, check her website.

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NIGHT DANCES
“I SING TO USE THE WAITING” from PARADISE
Calliope’s Call, Marblehead, MA and Boston, MA
October 22 & 23, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 soprano Maggie Finnegan performed my song cycle NIGHT DANCES and soprano Sonja Tengblad sang the song “I sing to Use the Waiting” from my song cycle PARADISE, both with pianist Clare Longendyke, on the Calliope’s Call Art Song Series in Marblehead, MA.

The concert was repeated the following afternoon, October 23, 2016 at a private house concert in Boston, MA.

To learn more about Calliope’s Call, check out their website.

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NIGHT DANCES
Capital Fringe, Washington, DC
September 1, 2016

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 soprano Maggie Finnegan joined pianist Hui-Chuan Chen in performing my song cycle NIGHT DANCES on the Capital Fringe Chamber Music Series in Washington, DC.

Maggie had earlier in the summer won First Prize in the Washington International Voice Competition!

To learn more about Capital Fringe, check out their website.

O MISTRESS MINE
World Premiere & Recording Sessions
August 18, 2016

On Friday, August 5, 2016 the wonderful countertenor Darryl Taylor joined me in performing the world premiere of my new song cycle, O MISTRESS MINE. It was a magical evening, one of those performances where the audience was on the edge of their seats – you could hear a pin drop!

In the days following the concert, we went down to Yonkers, NY to record this large piece – the biggest I’ve ever written – at the studios of Oktaven Audio. Recording engineer Ryan Streber’s excellent ear guided us through a smooth and inspired recording session.

After all the recordings are edited and mastered, I’ll be looking to one of several classical record labels to issue the recording – hopefully during the 2016-2017 concert season.

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