Salon Concert II

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Stotesbury Mansion

Stotesbury Mansion

1923 Walnut Street Learn More

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About This Performance

The urge to incorporate the music “of the people” into art song extended from England to Brazil. In America, composers drew inspiration from traditional tunes, folk songs, and spirituals that expressed the nation’s diverse character. This second salon performance serves as an apt prelude to the final Emerging Voices concert, bringing our attention to a time and place close to home.

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

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

Villa-Lobos: Suite for voice and violin
Clarke: Three Irish Country Songs
Burleigh: Songs [Sel.]
Glass: String Quartet No. 3
Selection of songs by BernsteinBowlesBlitzsteinRorem, and Copland

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
Melody Moore
Melody Moore, soprano
Melody Moore, soprano, enjoys a thriving career on the world’s leading stages, prompting Opera News to label her “a revelation.” This season, she makes her role and house debut as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka at Cincinnati Opera, revisits her acclaimed portrayal of Senta in Die fliegende Holländer in a return to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago,… Read More
Nicholas Phan
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
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 Blitzstein