Our Voices: The Rise of the American Voice

Friday, January 24, 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

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; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-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
ShawCant voi l’aube
Nico Muhly: Work TBA 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.

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
Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” In October 2017 the group released the album Spontaneous Symbols featuring new quartet music by Tyondai Braxton,… 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 Copland
Pre-Concert Lecture

With Michael Bolton at 6:30 pm