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Tenor Nicholas Phan plans another diverse touring season for 2014–15

Tenor Nicholas Phan
Tenor Nicholas Phan
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Once again tenor Nicholas Phan’s plans for the coming season testify to the broad diversity of both his interests and his skills. His season will begin next week in Chicago, where he is serving as the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Works Festival. This is the “public face” of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, where Phan is also Artistic Director, as well as its Founder. The title of the festival is Love Songs: Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms; and, over the course of a series of concerts, it will explore the close and complicated relationships among these three major figures in nineteenth-century music history. Phan will sing in two of those concerts; and other participating vocalists will include Susanna Phillips, Kelley O’Connor, Joshua Hopkins, and Michelle DeYoung.

Later in the fall Phan will tour with the North Carolina Symphony, giving performances of Benjamin Britten’s Opus 31 serenade, scored for tenor, horn, and strings. This will be complemented in March by a recital entitled A Painted Tale, in which he will explore the music of English composers who influenced Britten, with accompaniment on appropriate period instruments. Then, for “something completely different,” he will join the Houston Grand Opera in the spring, singing the role of Tobias Ragg in their production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd.

Here are the current specifics for Phan’s appearances in the United States:

September 11
Chicago, Illinois
The Poetry Foundation
Collaborative Works Festival
R. Schumann: Minnespiel, op. 101
R. Schumann: selected lieder

September 14
Chicago, Illinois
Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Collaborative Works Festival
R. Schumann: Spanische Liebeslieder, op. 138
Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52

October 16 & 18
Cleveland, Ohio
Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst
Bach: Mass in B minor

October 30–November 2
Montclair, New Jersey
Alexander Kasser Theater
ACME / Richard Alston Dance Company
Britten: Les Illuminations
Britten: Sechs Hölderlin Fragmente

November 14–18
Tour with North Carolina Symphony / Grant Llewellyn
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings
Nov 14: Raleigh, NC (Meymandi Concert Hall)
Nov 15: Southern Pines, NC (Lee Auditorium)
Nov 16: Wilmington, NC (Kenan Auditorium)
Nov 18: Chapel Hill, NC (Memorial Hall)

December 4–6
Washington, DC
Kennedy Center
National Symphony Orchestra / Helmuth Rilling
Bach: Cantata 110, “Unser Mund sei voll Lachens”
Bach: Cantata 63, “Christen, ätzet diesen Tag”

December 9 & 11
New York, New York
St. Thomas Cathedral / John Scott
Handel: Messiah

December 18–20
San Francisco, California
Davies Concert Hall
San Francisco Symphony / Jane Glover
Handel: Messiah

January 15, 17 & 18
Cincinnati, Ohio
Music Hall
Cincinnati Symphony / Louis Langrée
Orff: Carmina Burana

January 22–25
Dallas, Texas
Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas Symphony / Nicholas McGegan
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings

January 27
Houston, Texas
Da Camera of Houston
Recital with Eliot Fisk, guitar
Britten: selected Folk Songs
Seiber: Four French Folk Songs
Walton: Anon in Love
Dowland: selected songs

February 14
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hill Auditorium
University Musical Society / Jerry Blackstone
Mendelssohn: Elijah

February 19
Los Angeles, California
Ambassador Auditorium
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Jeffrey Kahane
Mozart: Requiem

February 27 & 28
Boston, Massachusetts
Jordan Hall
Boston Baroque / Martin Pearlman
Bach: St. John Passion (arias)

March 12
Bethesda, Maryland
Strathmore Hall
Baltimore Symphony / Masaaki Suzuki
Mozart: Mass in C minor

March 13 & 14
Baltimore, Maryland
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony / Masaaki Suzuki
Mozart: Mass in C minor

March 18
New York, New York
Weill Recital Hall
Carnegie Hall Presents
Recital with Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba; Michael Leopold, lute & theorbo
A Painted Tale: Selected songs by Blow, Dowland, Lanier, Morley and Purcell

March 22
Chicago Ilinois
Harris Theater
Chicago Bach Project / John Nelson
Bach: St. John Passion (Evangelist)

April 24, 26 & 29; May 2, 8 & 9
Houston, Texas
Houston Grand Opera / James Lowe
Sondheim: Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg)

June 4–6
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Heinz Hall
Pittsburgh Symphony / Manfred Honeck
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9