Our Voices: The Rise of the American Voice

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

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About This Performance

American composers flocked to France after the war to study with Nadia Boulanger, who exhorted them to embrace their personal identities and seek out an “American voice.” This final program connects their contributions to contemporary composers Tania León, Caroline Shaw, and Nico Muhly, whose works help us understand who we are and encourage dialogue within the remarkable cultural diversity of 21st century America.

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 Our Voices in the video preview below.

Sarah Shafer, soprano; Corinne Winters, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone; Brooklyn Rider; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano

N. BoulangerÉcoutez la chanson bien douce
ThomsonMostly About Love
Swanson: Songs [Sel.]
CarterThree Poems of Robert Frost
CoplandTwelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [Sel.]
Bonds3 Dream Portraits
LéonOh Yemanja – Mother’s Prayer
ShawAnd So
Nico Muhly: Stranger World Premiere/PCMS Commission

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