Celebrity Series of Boston will present tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8pm at Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director




  Nicholas Phan, tenor


Thursday, April 17, 2014 8pm — Pickman Hall




(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8pm at Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music at Bard College.




Tickets to see Nicholas Phan and Myra Huang start at $20, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Celebrity Series Box Office, 20 Park Plaza Suite 1032, Boston, MA.




This performance is the Mr. Phan’s debut with the Celebrity Series of Boston.


American Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world. In celebration of the Britten centenary during the 2013/2014 season, Mr. Phan performs Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, and The Knight, and returns to the Baltimore Symphony for the War Requiem. Other engagements this season include returns to the St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, performances of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Chicago Bach Project, the Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall, and the Charlotte Symphony, and recitals in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Istanbul.

Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis festivals, as well as the BBC Proms.  Among the conductors he has worked with are Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone and Gail Williams. In recital, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Chicago. He is also a founder and the Artistic Director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire.

Also considered one of the rising young stars of the opera world, Mr. Phan recently appeared with the Portland Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, the Atlanta Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and the Seattle Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other opera performances have included his debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, as well as appearances with Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Acis and Galatea and Candide, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.

Mr. Phan’s most recent solo album, Still Fall the Rain (AVIE) was named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times.  His debut solo album, Winter Words (AVIE) made the “Best of 2011” lists of The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, TimeOut NY, and the Toronto Star. His growing discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound) and the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Naïve). 

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award.  He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.




Franz Schubert                     Frülingsglaube                        
Im Frühlin
Der Musensohn


Benjamin Britten                   Winter Words
  At day-close in November
  Midnight on the Great Western (or ‘The Journeying Boy‘)
  Wagtail and Baby (A Satire)
  The Little Old Table
  The Choirmaster’s Burial (or ‘The Tenor Man’s Story‘)
  Proud Songsters (Thrushes, Finches, and Nightingales)
  At the Railway Station, Upway (or ‘The Convict and Boy with the Violin‘)
  Before Life and After


Arr.  Benjamin Britten          Folk Songs


Come You Not from Newcastle?
Little Sir William
Last Rose of Summer
Salley In Our Alley
The Ploughboy


About Celebrity Series of Boston


Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 75-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.


The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 75 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.


The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy and Joshua Boger; Eleanor and Frank Pao; Donna and Mike Egan; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; The Little Family Foundation; Tufts Health Plan; Foley & Lardner LLP; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; First Republic Bank; The Peabody Foundation; Charlesbank Capital Partners; PTC, The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp; Massachusetts Cultural Council; Vertex Pharmaceuticals; New England Foundation for the Arts.




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