About the Event

The 20th century bore witness to dramatic transformations in the world order and major shifts in national and cultural boundaries. Artists frequently emerged as ambassadors for the people they represented, and composers, in particular, harnessed art song as a means of defining and expressing the unique character of a nation. To set the stage for this project, Jay Winter and Ceri Owen join Nicholas Phan to explore how art song was historically used to understand national identity, especially during times of great social, political, and cultural change.

This event is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. The series is curated by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in collaboration with tenor Nicholas Phan.

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is proud to serve as a promotional partner for this event.

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This discussion is free and open to the general public.

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About the Panelists

  • Ceri Owen, Research fellow in music at the University of Cambridge
  • Jay Winter,  Historian and professor emeritus at Yale University
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor, curator of the Emerging Voices project
  • Cori Ellison, Moderator, dramaturg at The Santa Fe Opera