Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) is Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition. In the second concert of their second season, CUSP focuses on the music of contemporary composer Juliana Hall. Three different singer and piano duos will present three song cycles: selections from The Poet’s Calendar, Night Dances, and the world premiere of The Bells – a longform art song setting the final poem by Edgar Allen Poe. It will be an exciting exploration of the human voice and expression through the poetry of Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St Vincent Millay.
American art song composer Juliana Hall has composed over 50 song cycles and works of vocal chamber music, which have been described as “brilliant” (Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post) and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe), and her songs have been regarded as “legitimate modern heirs to the great tradition of German lieder” (Philip Greene, New Haven Register). Juliana Hall began her musical career as a pianist, studying with Boris Berman, Jeanne Kirstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Lee Luvisi. She became a composition major at the Yale School of Music, where she earned her Master’s degree in Composition studying with Martin Bresnick, Leon Kirchner, and Frederic Rzewski, and she completed her formal composition studies with composer Dominick Argento in Minneapolis. In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.