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San Francisco Performances Presents
The Salon Series

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Plus mezzo-soprano, baritone and Baroque trio
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:30pm | $45
Women of the Baroque
Works by Jacquet da la Guerre and Maddalena Casalun

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Plus baritone, soprano and piano
Thursday, February 3, 2022, 6:30pm | $45
Les Parisiennes
Works by Cecile Chaminade, Pauline Viardot, and Nadia and Lili Boulanger

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Plus baritone, soprano and piano
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30pm | $45
England, Czechoslovakia, Germany
Works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Ethel Smythe and Alma Mahler

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Plus baritone, mezzo-soprano and piano
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6:30pm | $45
Modern Women
Works by Margaret Bonds, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Florence Price and others

All of the one-hour performances take place in the
Education Studio, 4th Floor
War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco
Subscriptions to all four programs: $160

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—November 29, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) is pleased to announce the return of the Salon Series curated by tenor Nicholas Phan in a program called The Women—exclusively featuring the work of women composers. This series is sponsored by KDFC San Francisco Classical Radio and includes four one-hour Salons Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 10, and Feb 17 at 6:30pm in the Education Studio of the War Memorial Veteran’s Building in San Francisco.

The Salon Series is San Francisco Performances’ longest-running alternative concert series and creates a convivial atmosphere to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft and their own stories about their careers. The series is reminiscent of the days when artists performed in intimate spaces for a small group of friends and provides an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

“For decades we have created accessible settings for people to enjoy music and interact with artists and this year we are especially proud of the Salon Series curated by tenor Nicholas Phan. Nick is not only a profound singer but a gifted creator of programs that have depth, meaning and relevancy and which support his passion for bringing back the art of song to this country. As the only remaining presenter in this country of a dedicated art of song series, SFP heartily applauds and supports his efforts.” —Melanie Smith, SFP President

Nicholas Phan created The Woman for Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), which he co-founded and currently serves as its artistic director.

The program was first performed in CAIC’s 2020 festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Exclusively featuring the works of women composers, Phan’s program focuses on music spanning over four and a half centuries, shedding light on the long history of musical pioneers who have been overlooked due to centuries of sexism. A wide range of composers are represented, from the first woman to have a book of her music published, Italian Maddalena Casulana, to women composers of the Parisian Belle époque like Pauline Viardot, to 20th century composers such as Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, as well as some of the women composers of today, such as Stacy Garrop and Errollyn Wallen.

The Salon Series opens on Thursday, January 20, 6:30pm with Women of the Baroque, featuring works by many overlooked women composers of the late Renaissance and Baroque period, including French composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Italian composer Maddalena Casaluna. Phan, plus baritone and soprano will be accompanied by a small Baroque ensemble for this performance.

The second Salon Thursday, February 3, 6:30pm is Les Parisiennes and focuses on the women composers trailblazing during the years of the Parisian Belle époque, with songs that broke barriers, pushing past the domestic confines of Paris' salons to the city's grand, public concert halls. The program includes works by Cecile Chaminade, Pauline Viardot, and Nadia and Lili Boulanger, and will be performed by Phan, soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano.

Salon number three on Thursday, February 10, 6:30pm travels to England, Germany and the Czech Republic, for a program of works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Ethel Smythe, and Alma Mahler, performed by Phan, soprano, baritone and piano and the final program on Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm, Modern Women, showcases the work of some of today’s women composers, as well as American women composers of the 20th century. Phan, plus mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano will perform works by Margaret Bonds, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Florence Price, among others.

Salon Series subscriptions are available for all four programs for $160. Single tickets are $45. All tickets can be purchased at sfperformances.org or by calling 415.392.2545. Single tickets are available at the door as available.

Each Salon event ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine.

About Nicholas Phan

Described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

A celebrated recording artist, Phan’s most recent album, Clairières, a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger, was nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the same award in 2017. He remains the first and only singer of Asian descent to be nominated in the history of the category, which has been awarded by the Recording Academy since 1959. His other previous solo albums Illuminations, A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain and Winter Words, made many “best of” lists, including those of the New York Times, New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, WQXR, and Boston Globe.

Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Lucerne Symphony.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk, Graham Johnson, Lisa Kaplan, Roger Vignoles, Orion Weiss, Inon Barnatan, Myra Huang and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; cellist Paul Watkins; guitarist Eliot Fisk; harpist Sivan Magen; the Brooklyn Rider, Jasper, and Spektral string quartets; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In addition to his work as artistic director of CAIC, he also has served as guest curator for projects with the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Merola Opera program, WQXR, and San Francisco Performances, where he served as the vocal artist-in-residence from 2014–2018.

Phan’s many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C. Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2018 Christopher Kendall 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.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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San Francisco Performances Presents the Salon Series
Nicholas Phan, tenor
WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Women of the Baroque: Works by Jacquet da la Guerre and Maddalena Casalun
TICKETS: $45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Presents the Salon Series
Nicholas Phan, tenor
WHEN: Thursday, February 3, 2022, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Les Parisiennes: Works by Cecile Chaminade, Pauline Viardot, and Nadia and Lili Boulanger
TICKETS: $45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Presents the Salon Series
Nicholas Phan, tenor
WHEN: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: England, Czechoslovakia, Germany: Works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Ethel Smythe and Alma Mahler
TICKETS: $45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Presents the Salon Series
Nicholas Phan, tenor
WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Modern Women: Works by Margaret Bonds, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Florence Price and others
TICKETS: $45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

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