Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo
Laurent Philippe, piano

Friday, December 17, 2021 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$20.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

This concert is part of the Susan Giesecke Bloom & A. Charles Winkelman Artist Debut Series.

A singer of rare power and clarity, Astral laureate and Academy of Vocal Arts graduate Chrystal E. Williams is acclaimed for her poise, polish, and complete command of a wide range of repertoire. “When you think of what makes singers memorable, it’s this idea of personalizing the material. Williams has it…” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Braga: Cinco Canções Nordestinas do Folclore Brasileiro
Boykin: Moments in Sonder
Selection of spirituals by McLin, Bonds, and Moore

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The Artist(s)

Chrystal E. Williams
Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams has been described by critics as “strong and so assured,” “lithely negotiating the coloratura demands before descending into a robust low register,” and “poised, polished, in complete command of the vocal calisthenics.” She is the 2020 Musical Fund Society Award winner and winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions. Ms. Williams made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the fall of 2019,… Read More
Laurent Philippe
Laurent Philippe, piano
Laurent Philippe’s keen interest in opera has led him to associations with many Metropolitan Opera Artists, and he has worked as a coach for many opera companies and institutions, including The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, L’Atelier de L’Opéra de Montréal, The Canadian Opera Company, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia,… Read More


Chrystal E. Williams sings Spirituals
Chrystal E. Williams | Lorca - Selections from "Canciones españolas antiguas"