Lost Voices: The War to End All Wars

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:30 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

As the world descended into the Great War, composers joined the war effort, many as soldiers. The works on this program present the individual struggles of wartime and give voice to the many lives cut short. Of particular note is Lili Boulanger’s song cycle Clairières dans le ciel, a uniquely French work that expresses the suffering and tragedy of loss.

This concert is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Learn more about the inspirations behind Lost Voices in the video preview below.

J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano

N. BoulangerSoir d’hiver
DebussyNoël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
GranadosTonadillas al estilo antiguo [Sel.]
Errollyn Wallen: Roundel World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Gurney: Songs [Sel.]
L. BoulangerClairières dans le ciel
Readings of poetry by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, E.E. Cummings, Rupert Brooke, and other WWI poets.

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)

J'Nai Bridges
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News), American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. Bridges started the 2018-19 season as the featured soloist in the “Still We Rise: A Spirituals Celebration” recital at Charleston’s Gaillard Center, and she showcased her concert repertoire with her Carnegie Hall Solo Recital debut alongside pianist Mark Markham,… 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
Roderick Williams
Roderick Williams, baritone
Roderick Williams performs a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. He won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017. He works regularly with all of the major UK opera houses and is also an accomplished recitalist.… 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


Emerging Voices: Art Song & Social Connection
Emerging Voices: Nicholas Phan sings Boulanger
Pre-Concert Lecture

With Michael Bolton at 6:30 pm