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Grammy-Nominated Tenor Nicholas Phan to Perform Feb. 3 at Oberlin

January 27, 2016

Erich Burnett

Nicholas Phan
Photo credit: Henry Dombey

Tenor Nicholas Phan, a burgeoning star on the international opera scene who has earned widespread acclaim for his performances in major concert halls and with premier orchestras throughout the world, will perform at Oberlin's Finney Chapel as part of the Artist Recital Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 3.

Phan replaces bass John Relyea, who suspended his entire tour schedule—including an Oberlin performance with pianist Warren Jones on the same date—citing family issues.

The founding artistic director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Phan was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is an advocate of the music of Benjamin Britten, and his Oberlin program will include songs by the British composer as well as Schumann's emotionally charged song cycle Dichterliebe and works by Ned Rorem and Jake Heggie. Phan will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.

For a preview of Phan’s captivating interpretations of Britten, view this video made by National Public Radio at a communal home in Brooklyn during the composer’s centennial celebration. In 2011, Phan was named a Favorite New Artist by NPR.

Tickets for Nicholas Phan with Myra Huang are $30 ($25 for seniors and Oberlin College employees, and $10 for all students). Tickets are available online, via Oberlin’s Central Ticket Service (67 N. Main St.), or by calling 800-371-0178.

All tickets for the Relyea performance will be honored at the door.

To learn more about the Artist Recital Series and other arts at Oberlin, please visit

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