Mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce and pianist Chien-Lin Lu have been selected as the winners of the Music Academy of the West’s 2019 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. This fierce competition is one of the most popular events of the summer season at the Music Academy, in which singers and pianists alike compete to win the Regina Roney cash prize of $5,000 each, a national and international recital tour, career consultations with music career experts, 21C Media Group, and an innovation fund to use towards recital programming and commissioning.
Joining world-renowned concert and opera singer Marilyn Horne as jurors this year were Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio Michael Heaston and composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon, who has composed the song cycle Wise Moon for the winners to premiere on their tour.
The Song Competition winners’ 2020 recital tour will also include appearances at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara (Friday, April 10, 7:30 pm), National Sawdust in New York (Monday, April 13, 7 pm), and Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (Wednesday, April 15, 12:15 pm). The Chicago recital will be broadcast live by WFMT 98.7 FM and streamed live at wfmt.com.
The Music Academy of the West International Marilyn Horne Song Competition Recital Tour is generously supported by Linda Seltzer Yawitz.“Wise Moon” was commissioned by Music Academy of the West with the generous support of Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta.
CANTELOUBE “Chants d’Auvergne” (Series No. 1)
- La pastoura als camps
- Trois bourrées: L’aïo dè rotso; Ound’onorèn gorda; Obal, din lou limouzi
WOLF Spanisches Liederbuch
- Sagt ihm, dass er zu mir komme
- Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
- Geh, Geliebter, Geh jetzt
WONJU LEE 이화우 (Yihwawoo Songbook)
- 이화우 (Falling Pear Blossom)
- 베틀 노래 (A Loom Song)
- 연 (Fated)
JENNIFER HIGDON Wise Moon (premiere, Music Academy commission)
- Under the Harvest Moon
- The Moonlight
- A Hymn to the Moon
- The Night is Still
- The Half Moon Shows a Face of Plaintive Sweetness
BRITTEN Funeral Blues
ABOULKER Lettre d’amour
LSO St. Lukes