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Appearing regularly in the world's premiere concert halls, music festivals and opera houses, 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.

This year's Festival highlights include appearances by special guest artists, the world premiere of a new song cycle by composer Missy Mazzoli (“Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” - Time Out New York), a world premiere multimedia event built around Leoš Janácek’s powerful The Diary of One Who Disappeared, and free outreach events for students, seniors and the community-at-large.
Festival Underwriters
Judith and Howard Jelinek
Lauren and Richard Packard
Concert Sponsors
Joan Halvajian
Hung Y. Fan and Michael Feldman
Betsy and Gary Jenkins, M.D.
Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting

Special Events
Festival Prelude
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:30 | Seven Degrees
891 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach

The 2018 Laguna Beach Music Festival kicks off with the Festival Prelude, a special evening launching the impending week's showcase of outstanding musical talent. Prelude guests will be entertained by 2018 Festival Artistic Director Nicholas Phan and friends.

Seven Degrees is an award-winning venue framed by the sweeping canyons of Laguna Beach while hosting a distinctive space, both indoors and out, for this delightful evening.

Tickets: $200

For more information, contact Talayeh Hamidi
949.553.2422, ext. 301
Talayeh@PhilharmonicSociety.org

Concerts at Laguna Playhouse
Opening Night: Robert, Clara, and Johannes
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Edward Nelson, baritone
Myra Huang, piano
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8pm


Festival Sponsors: Judith and Howard Jelinek & Lauren and Richard Packard

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.

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

Purchase tickets through: Philharmonic Society | Laguna Playhouse

Diaries: The Art of the Confessional
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Myra Huang, piano
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Orange County Women’s Chorus
Hana Kim, set and projection design
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8pm


Festival Sponsors: Judith and Howard Jelinek & Lauren and Richard Packard

Many composers have turned to diaries for texts for some of their most profound and personal utterances. This evening explores that tradition, featuring world premieres of a commissioned song cycle from Missy Mazzoli’s operas and a multimedia event built around Leoš Janácek’s powerful Diary of One Who Disappeared, with its exploration of the enduring power of love.

BRAHMS: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Missy MAZZOLI: Songs from the Operas (world premiere)
     Laguna Beach Music Festival commission*
JANACEK: The Diary of One Who Disappeared

*Commission Sponsor: Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting

Purchase tickets through: Philharmonic Society | Laguna Playhouse

The American Sabbath
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Alyson Cambridge, soprano
Raena White, singer
Myra Huang, piano
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Doug Peck, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3pm


Festival Sponsors: Judith and Howard Jelinek & Lauren and Richard Packard

In his final program, Nicholas Phan and special guests take listeners on a musical road trip exploring the American art song tradition through songs of faith and praise, and a program that explores the life and influence of the Virgin Mary told through songs spanning all genres: German Lieder, Spirituals, Rock, R&B, Broadway, among others. The program features everything from Bernstein, Barber, and Copland to Patty Griffin, Lennon and McCartney.

“American Spirit”
BERNSTEIN: Simple Song from Mass
BARBER: selections from Hermit Songs
COPLAND: selections from Old American Songs
CARTER: Cantata

“There’s Something About Mary”
Introduction
Spiritual: Who Was Mary? Mary Was Queen of Galilee
M. Lowry & B. Greene: Mary, Did You Know?

Mary’s Life
Cherry Tree Carol
Chris Eaton & Amy Grant: Breath of Heaven
Hugo Wolf: Nun wandre, Maria from Spanisches Liederbuch
Alfred Bryan & Larry Stock: A Cradle in Bethlehem
Spiritual: Weepin’ Mary

Songs of Praise
SCHUBERT: Ave Maria
Jason Robert Brown: Christmas Lullaby from ‘Songs for a New World’
McCartney/Lennon: Let it Be
BACH/GOUNOD: Ave Maria
Heart/Patty Griffin: Mary

Purchase tickets through: Philharmonic Society | Laguna Playhouse

Outreach
Tuesday | February 6

Nicholas Phan, tenor | 10am-11:15am
Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q


Nicholas Phan performs selections from the Festival’s programs with Kelley O’Connor and Myra Huang in an intimate setting, followed by a question and answer session. Space is limited.

Reservations are now at capacity.
To be added to a waitlist, call 949.553.2422, ext. 1, or email Ticketing@PhilharmonicSociety.org.

Wednesday | February 7

Joélle Harvey, Edward Nelson, and Shannon McGinnis | 10am-11:15am
Laguna Beach High School


Thursday | February 8

Alyson Cambridge and Doug Peck | 9am-11am
Thurston Middle School



Cantilena Trio | 4:30pm-5:15pm
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach



Live! At the Museum: Cantilena Trio | 7pm-8pm
Laguna Art Museum


Performance by the Cantilena Trio.
For reservations, call (949) 715-9713, or visit LagunaBeachLive.org.