Nicholas Phan & Brooklyn Rider

GBH Calderwood Studio

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Tenor Nicholas Phan teams up with adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a performance that places the past and present in direct and powerful dialogue.  

The program features two Boston premieres, Rufus Wainwright’s Trois valses anglaises and Nico Muhly’s Stranger, a song cycle commissioned for Mr. Phan and Brooklyn Rider that connects and illuminates four American stories: an academic history of Chinese railroad workers, the personal narrative of an immigrant from Sicily, a Chinese-American man fighting legal discrimination, and a wife’s letter to her deployed husband in World War II. 

The program also features a new phase of work exploring love and death through the music of Franz Schubert and Rufus Wainwright, a bold compositional pairing that reinforces these artists’ fearless rejection of presenting the obvious. Wainwright, an American-Canadian composer and songwriter not yet 50 years old, is an enormous fan of Schubert, and in the hands of these cleverly genre-crossing musicians, he, too, has a place in the same musical world as the Austrian icon 200 years his senior. The Boston premiere of Wainwright’s Trois valses anglaises sits alongside Schubert’s stormy Death and the Maiden quartet, a longtime mainstay of the chamber music repertoire. 

Brooklyn Rider:
   Johnny Gandelsman, violin
   Colin Jacobsen, violin
   Nicholas Cords, viola
   Michael Nicolas, cello

Rufus Wainwright  | Trois valses anglaises (arr. Colin Jacobsen) (Boston premiere)
Nico Muhly
| Stranger, song cycle for tenor and string quartet (Boston premiere)
Franz Schubert
| String Quartet in D minor “Death and the Maiden”

Artist change: Due to complications with continued travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, Anne Sofie von Otter is unable to perform at this concert. 

Seating for this performance is limited. This performance is not eligible for group discounts.

“A string quartet of boundless imagination.”


GBH Calderwood Studio information

2021/22 season performances at GBH Calderwood Studio are generously sponsored by Susan & Michael Thonis and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.


This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.

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