Panel Discussion II

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 7:30 pm
College of Physicians
College of Physicians

College of Physicians

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This 90-minute event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP using the form below.

About This Event

Today, art song faces its own crisis of identity amid the abundance of cultural opportunities and options for virtual connection. Alex Ross and Susan Stewart join Nicholas Phan to explore the role of poets and composers in communicating the human experience and fostering empathy between people. This second panel discussion explores why this art form, with its unique intersection of poetry and music, remains a powerful vehicle for social exchange.

This event is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Information on the first panel discussion can be found here.


Alex Ross – The New Yorker music journalist, author, MacArthur Fellow
Susan Stewart – Poet, professor at Princeton, MacArthur Fellow
Nicholas Phan – Tenor, curator of the Emerging Voices project
Cori Ellison – Moderator, dramaturg at The Santa Fe Opera

This panel discussion is presented with the sponsorship of the College of Physicians.

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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 Panel

Alex Ross
Alex Ross has been the music critic at The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music, covering the field from the Metropolitan Opera to the contemporary avant-garde, and has also contributed essays on literature, history, the visual arts, film, and ecology. His first book, “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,” a cultural history of music since 1900,… Read More
Susan Stewart
A poet, critic, and translator, Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Princeton University. She teaches the history of poetry, literary criticism, and aesthetics and also serves as the editor of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Stewart's most recent books of criticism include The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making; … 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
Cori Ellison
Cori Ellison is dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera (2018-present). She served previously as staff dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2012-18) and New York City Opera (1997-2010), as well as serving as dramaturg on productions including Orphic Moments at National Sawdust/Salzburger Landestheater, the Ring cycle at Washington National Opera, Opera Boston’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose,… Read More


Dean's Symposium Series: Alex Ross
Susan Stewart: Poetry and Perception