S.F. Art Song Series LIEDER ALIVE! Commissioning New Works

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Swirly Music is pleased to announce a collaboration with San Francisco art song recital series LIEDER ALIVE! to distribute a collection of new commissioned works from eight leading American vocal composers.


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David Conte      Kurt Erickson*      Daron Hagen       Michael Kaulkin*
Henry Mollicone       Omari Tau       Liam Wade*       Erling Wold

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Completed compositions will be published in the Neue Lieder Songbook, Volume I and sold via online retailer Swirly Music. This is a unique partnership with LIEDER ALIVE! and the resulting songbook will be a featured item on this retail site, especially targeting college music departments and assorted vocal training programs.

This initiative of commissioning “Neue Lieder” (new art-song) is an important step in revitalizing and securing a place of prominence for lieder and vocal chamber music in American culture, bridging the gap between the wonderfully rich tradition of German Lieder and New Music in America. Building on the success of our ongoing composer residency with Kurt Erickson, we are excited to create a new hub for composers of New Music where one previously did not exist (i.e. in the tradition of German lieder) that will contribute new and innovative works to the repertoire of this wonderfully rich music tradition.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1915″ img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]LIEDER ALIVE! is a San Francisco-based organization that was founded in 2007 to re-invigorate the teaching and performance of Lieder, a musical form that is generally described as 19th Century songs set to Romantic German poetry, with piano accompaniment. One of our core programs is our Vocal Master Workshop series, which brings outstanding master artists together with highly accomplished emerging and established professional singers for intensive training and performance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1413305868814{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]

Jessica Wan Soprano Lieder Alive
Soprano Jessica Wan

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Sunday, January 25, 2015
Chorissima Hall at the Kanbar Arts Center
44 Page Street, San Francisco

Michael Kaulkin’s Zwei Hülshoff Lieder, a setting of poems by Annete von Droste Hülshoff composed for soprano Jessica Wan, joined by pianist Laura Dahl, violist Paul Yarbrough (violist, Alexander String Quartet), and clarinetist Natalie Parker (Principal Clarinetist San Francisco Ballet Orchestra). The concert also includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Mahler.

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soprano Heidi Moss
Soprano Heidi Moss

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Sunday, April 5, 2015
Chorissima Hall at the Kanbar Arts Center
44 Page Street, San Francisco

In a full Neue Liederabend, acclaimed soprano Heidi Moss (IMG Artist roster) premieres commissioned Neue Lieder by the following composers: Daron Hagen, Henry Mollicone, Erling Wold, Kurt Erickson, Liam Wade, Omari Tau and David Conte[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

More Events

Spring 2015

Neue Lieder Songbook, Volume I featuring new works by above composers will be available for purchase on Swirly Music.

Summer 2015

Score release concert and party in San Francisco. Audience members get a signed score with paid attendance, meeting composers and performers at a post-concert reception.

Summer 2015

Napa Music Festival singers perform the Neue Lieder Songbook in a public festival performance to celebrate these new pieces and their online publication with Swirly Music.

* – More music by composers Kurt Erickson, Michael Kaulkin and Liam Wade is available here on Swirly Music.