Found Voices: The New European Map

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 3:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street Learn More

$30.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

In the wake of the Treaty of Versailles, Central Europe’s borders were dramatically redrawn. Bartók and Kodály pioneered major ethnomusicological research at this time, collecting numerous Hungarian folk songs and incorporating them into their works, while the songs of Czech composers Kaprálová and Janáček reflect the national and social liberation of their people.

This concert is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song.

Sarah Shafer, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone; Choir TBA; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano

BartókElindultam szép hazámbul, BB. 42, No. 1
PaderewskiSix Songs, Op. 18
Iva Bittová: Nezabudka  World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Kaprálová: Songs [Sel.]
Kodály: Hungarian Folksongs [Sel.]
JanáčekThe Diary of One Who Disappeared

Major support for Emerging Voices has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage — with additional support from Grant Greapentrog, Constance & Michael Cone, Vincent Tseng & Geoffrey Mainland, and the Presser Foundation.

The Artist(s)

Sarah Shafer, soprano
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer  for her “crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer actively appears on the leading operatic and concert stages of the world. The 2018 – 2019 season saw Ms.… Read More
Kelley O'Connor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for her, and she has performed the work,… Read More
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Described by the Boston Globe as one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.… Read More
Douglas Williams
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Douglas Williams has received international acclaim for his expressivity, outstanding stage presence, and generous vocal tone. In opera, concert, chamber music, and musical theater he is recognized for his versatility and range both vocally and dramatically, and this has brought him into collaboration with some of the great artists, composers, and directors of our time.… Read More
Myra Huang, piano
Acclaimed by Opera News as being “among the top accompanists of her generation,” pianist Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world. In addition to many chamber music concerts and recitals at the Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain, she recently performed recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall,… Read More
Shannon McGinnis
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Pianist Shannon McGinnis has been recognized for her skilled performances and solid support in partnerships with some of the brightest stars in the classical vocal music world. Recent highlights include appearances with soprano Kiera Duffy, as part the Collaborative Works Festival; tenor Nicholas Phan, on a live broadcast for WFMT’s “Impromptu” series; soprano Deborah Voigt,… Read More


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Douglas Williams as Sciarrone with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Pre-Concert Lecture

With Cori Ellison at 1:45 pm

Master Classes

Nicholas Phan and Timothy Cheek (University of Michigan) will give a master class for students at the Kimmel Center’s Rendell Room on Saturday, January 18, 3:30-5:30 pm.