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Emerging Voices:
Art Song & Social Connection

January 13-24, 2020
Nicholas Phan and Myra Huang

Dramatic transformations in the world order and major shifts in national and cultural boundaries defined the 20th century. The Expositions Universelles in Paris stimulated a groundswell in cultural exchange, and salons inspired the emergence of new musical voices. Events around World War I prompted questions of nationalism and sovereignty in the face of catastrophic loss, and the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 splintered the European map, effectively creating new nations.

Set against this backdrop, Emerging Voices illustrates the role of art song, with its unique intersection of poetry and music, as a powerful vehicle for social exchange. Curated by the Chamber Music Society in collaboration with tenor Nicholas Phan, this innovative project features six concerts with special projection design by award-winning artist Hana Kim, two panel discussions, and a masterclass.

Learn more about Emerging Voices in our preview video, and explore the project through the individual program films, in-depth essays, and detailed event and participant information below.

Project Films
New Voices: Paris of the Belle Époque
Lost Voices: The War to End All Wars
Found Voices: The New European Map
Our Voices: The Rise of the American Voice
Featured Events
Featured Artists
Composers Commissioned


MAJOR SUPPORT FOR EMERGING VOICES HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE, with additional support from Grant Greapentrog, Constance & Michael Cone, Vincent Tseng & Geoffrey Mainland, and the Presser Foundation.