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Nicholas Phan launches new all-Britten CD with performance/webcast today

American tenor Nicholas Phan performs music from his new all-Britten Album, Still Falls the Rain, live tonight – Monday, October 15, at 7:30pm – at the popular downtown music club Le Poisson Rouge. The performance, which teams Phan with his long-time recital partner, pianist Myra Huang, award-winning Israeli harpist Sivan Magen, and special guest Richard Deane on French horn, will also stream live at the club’s web site.
Released last week, Still Falls the Rain is Phan’s second solo album for Avie Records to explore the music of Benjamin Britten (1913-76), whose 100th birthday will be celebrated in fall 2013. The new recording features The Heart of the Matter, a song cycle for tenor, narrator, horn, and piano, performed with renowned actor Alan Cumming, Jennifer Montone, principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Myra Huang. Still Falls the Rain also includes A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92; Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op. 89; Folksong Arrangements for Voice and Harp with Sivan Magen; and Folksong Arrangements for Voice and Piano, including “Greensleeves” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” The tenor’s previous Britten release – his debut solo recording, Winter Words – proved a breakthrough project, making many “Best of 2011” lists, including those of the New York Times, New Yorker, Time Out New York, Boston Globe, and Toronto Star.
Phan discusses Still Falls the Rain in a video made during the recording sessions, available here.
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The Connecticut-born, Michigan-raised Phan documents his journey as a musician in his blog, The tenor explains its name: “I sing. I travel. I am half Greek and half Chinese – thus, the blog’s name, a combination of the two nationalities in French.” Additional information about Nicholas Phan, including a complete biography, is available at the artist’s website:
Nicholas Phan: upcoming engagements
Oct 15, 2012
New York, NY
CD launch recital: Still Falls the Rain
Le Poisson Rouge
Dec 16, 2012
Cincinnati, OH
Music Hall
Cincinnati Symphony / Jane Glover
Handel: Messiah
Dec 20 & 23, 2012
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
Musica Sacra / Kent Tritle
Handel: Messiah
Jan 16, 2013
Moscow, Russia (debut)
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Bolshoi Opera
Handel: Hercules
Jan 26, 2013
Glendale, CA
Alex Theater
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Helmuth Rilling
Mozart: Requiem
Jan 27, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Helmuth Rilling
Mozart: Requiem
Feb 14-16, 2012
Philadelphia, PA
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia Orchestra / Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orff: Carmina Burana
Feb 22 & 23, 2013
Birmingham, AL
Alys Stephens Center
Alabama Symphony Orchestra / Justin Brown
Britten: Les Illuminations
March 6-9, 2013
New York, NY
Avery Fisher Hall
New York Philharmonic / Masaaki Suzuki
Bach: Magnificat
Mendelssohn: Magnificat
March 24, 2013
Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral
National Cathedral Orchestra / Michael McCarthy
Bach: St. John Passion
March 27 & 28, 2013
Lucerne, Switzerland
KKL Luzern Konzertsaal
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan
Bach: Mass in B minor
April 5 & 6, 2013
San Francisco, CA
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco Symphony / Bernard Labadie
Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
April 11-14, 2013
Cleveland, OH (debut)
Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst
Orff: Carmina Burana
May 10, 12, 16, & 18, 2013
Portland, OR
Keller Auditorium
Portland Opera / George Manahan
Verdi: Falstaff

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