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An advocate for art song: Tenor Nicholas Phan


American tenor Nicholas Phan, with pianist Myra Huang and horn player Gail Williams, will present an evening of art songs by Benjamin Britten and Franz Schubert on Saturday in a Fontana Chamber Arts concert.

As heard on WMUK's Let's Hear It with host Cara Lieurance, Mr. Phan describes his early affinity for the songs of Benjamin Britten, which were often inspired by the love and support of the composer's lifelong partner, tenor Peter Pears. Mr. Phan recounts his transition from violinist to singer, and also discusses how he stays hopeful as an artist and arts administrator in the classical music world as it changes rapidly in the 21st century.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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