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Classical Up Close: Nick Phan and La Bonne Chanson

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tenor Nicholas Phan (Henry Dombey)

Behind some of the most beautiful French songs ever written is the story of a broken marriage, sexual confusion, and an alcohol-and-drug-infused romp across Europe.

You’re invited to explore some of the most colorful characters of Paris’s La Belle Epoque in a special night of poetry and music in The Greene Space. Tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang lead this literary and musical journey, recounting the story of writer Paul Verlaine and his much younger lover, Arthur Rimbaud, the era’s quintessential enfant terrible.

David Ebershoff, author of the novel The Danish Girl (made into an Oscar-winning film), will read selections from Rimbaud’s poetry as well as correspondence between Verlaine and Rimbaud, bringing their story to life.

You’ll hear about their scandalous affair, the poetry it inspired and how the songs of Claude DebussyReynaldo Hahn and Gabriel Faure helped bring those poems to the elite salons of Paris and beyond.

Guests:

David Ebershoff, Myra Huang and Nicholas Phan

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Comments [3]

Harold S. Levine from Manhattan

I wasn't able to attend in person and missed the lifestream. Will the video be archived? I'd love to watch it.

Jun. 28 2018 07:41 AM
Marcel from NYC

A spectacular, moving, enlightening program. How grateful I am to have been exposed to the musical works and such fascinating narrative explanations about the interplay between the poetry, the correspondence and the music. Ms. Huang and Mr. Phan played seamlessly together and I have heard them before several times, always enjoying them. The treat of the program was Mr. Ebershoff. I have read all of his novels and seen The Danish Girl but never had the privilege of listening to him speak live before. I look forward with gusto to his next appearance.

Jun. 27 2018 11:02 PM
Rick

Wonderful, gorgeous program.
Are program notes / list of works available?

Jun. 27 2018 08:28 PM

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