april, 2020

15apr12:15 pm- 1:00 pmEvent CancelledSun-Ly Pierce, Mezzo-Soprano & Chien-Lin Lu, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Sun-Ly Pierce, Mezzo-Soprano
Chien-Lin Lu, Piano

Selections from Spanisches Liederbuch
Sagt ihm, dass er zu mir komme
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
Geh’, Geliebter, geh’ jetzt!
Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903)

Wise Moon
I. Under the Harvest Moon
II. The Moonlight
III. A Hymn to the Moon
IV. The Night is Still
V. The Half Moon Shows a Face of Plaintive Sweetness
Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951)

Funeral Blues
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

Lettre D’amour
Isabelle Aboulker (b. 1938)

William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Chinese-American mezzo Sun-Ly Pierce’s fierce passion for music of all genres has led her to an eclectic range of performance opportunities.

Past operatic roles have included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Nada in Svadba , Dorinda in Acis and Galatea , Suor Pazienza in Mese Mariano and the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica . 2018-2019 season events featured Pierce’s first performance as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mohawk Valley Choral Society and Orchestra in Utica, NY and her debut with the Broad Street Orchestra performing selections from Hector Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été for the “Concerts in the Village” in Kinderhook, NY. This summer, she sang the role of Olivia in the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella , conducted by Thomas Adès, at the Music Academy of the West as a 2019 Vocal Fellow. In addition to winning the Marilyn Horne Song Competition at Music Academy, Pierce was a semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition this past year. She will return to the Music Academy of the West this summer where she will sing the role of L’enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and cover Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.

Originally from Clinton, NY, Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She recently graduated from the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Chien-Lin Lu, winner of the 2019 Marilyn Horne Song Competition at the Music Academy of the West, was born in Taipei, Taiwan and began his piano studies at the age of 7. He later went to study at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory. His teachers include Yoshikazu Nagai, Angela Cheng, Philip Highfill, and Anne Epperson. Currently he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Colette Valentine. Winner of Corpus Christi International Music Competition and Austin Critics Table Best Chamber Music Performance of the Year Award, Chien-Lin has enjoyed performing with other musicians ever since he started his musical studies. He has collaborated with Josef Spacek, Gerardo Rebeiro, Kikuei Ikeda, Patricia McCarty, and Julia Lichten.

Chien-Lin has been a Collaborative Piano as well as Vocal Piano Fellow at Music Academy of the West for three summers and is currently on staff at Meadowmount School of Music.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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