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LBMF Opening Night: Robert, Clara, and Johannes

Friday, February 9, 2018 8:00PM

LBMF Opening Night: Robert, Clara, and Johannes
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Laguna Playhouse

Part of the 2018 Laguna Beach Music Festival
Festival Sponsors: Judith and Howard Jelinek & Lauren and Richard Packard

Festival Artistic Director
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Edward Nelson, baritone
Myra Huang, piano
Shannon McGinnis, piano

J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 884
Clara & Robert SCHUMANN: selections from Myrthen, Op. 25 & Gedichte aus “Liebesfrühling,” Op. 37
R. SCHUMANN: Minnespiel, Op. 101
R. SCHUMANN: Bei Schenkung eines Flügels, WoO 26, No. 4
BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

Opening night of the Laguna Beach Music Festival delves deep into one of the most fruitful musical relationships of all time, that between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The program features vocal and instrumental pieces by Bach and the Schumanns, as well as Brahms' irresistibly charming set of Liebeslieder Walzer ("Love-song Waltzes"), Op. 52, for vocal quartet and piano four-hands.

Appearing regularly in the world's premiere concert halls, music festivals and opera houses, Grammy-nominated American tenor Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling tenors performing today. His 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 Acis and Galatea and Candide, 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.