Jean Bernard Cerin, baritone
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin, piano

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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This concert is part of the Giesecke Bloom/Winkelman Artist Debut Series and the Musical Fund Society Series. You can subscribe to these series, Build Your Own subscription, or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

2022 Musical Fund Society Award winner Jean Bernard Cerin and pianist Veena Kulkarni-Rankin fuse classical and world music with storytelling in a transformative concert experience. Informed by the artists’ Indian Filipino American and Haitian heritage, this program takes listeners around the world on a musical journey that spans from Brazilian and Haitian folk music to Indian and Persian love songs.

Krik! Krak! Songs and Stories from Haiti
An original adaptation of a Haitian folk tale

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The Artist(s)

Jean Bernard Cerin
Jean Bernard Cerin, baritone
2022 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award winner Jean Bernard Cerin is a multifaceted artist and scholar who produces and performs in projects ranging from film, recital, oratorio, traditional storytelling, opera, and folk music. Last season, he directed and starred in the documentary Lisette (2022), which made its premier at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in California.… Read More
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin, piano
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin was born and raised in the US Midwest and began her piano studies at the age of five. She won many youth competitions, studied at Indiana University, and then earned a doctorate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Michigan. Finding great fulfillment in teaching, she is currently the Lead Instructor at Faber Piano Institute.… Read More


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