Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) is Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition. CUSP closes out their inaugural season with a concert dedicated to the music of Christian B. Carey.
Dr. Carey is an accomplished composer, music critic and Associate Professor of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Celebrating Dr. Carey’s music and his contribution to the community as a composer and teacher, the concert will feature performances by many of his friends and former students, including six alumni of Westminster Choir College. The performance features emerging artists from across the region, including mezzo-sopranos Megan Ihnen and Jessica Moreno, soprano Sara Noble, composer Cortlandt Matthews, organist Tom Colao, and pianists Ian Good, Thomas Cunningham, Graeme Burgan, and Sergey Tkachenko.
The concert will feature selections from Carey’s works for voice, piano, and organ, including the world premieres of four pieces for solo piano (Solo 2, Reunion, Anniversary, Lullaby), performed by Ian Good and Thomas Cunningham, and the concert premiere of his Lullaby Vocalise for soprano and piano, performed by Sara Noble and Graeme Burgan. The concert will also include Carey’s song cycle “Kenyon Songs,” based on the poetry of Jane Kenyon, performed by Megan Ihnen and Graeme Burgan, and Cortlandt Matthews’ “Nocturnes for Mezzo,” performed by Jessica Moreno and Sergey Tkachenko.