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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Marilyn Horne with Eugene Chan


BRADFORD, Pa. – Baritone Eugene Chan will sing romantic songs from the worlds of opera and Broadway during a Valentine’s Day concert at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
The Marilyn Horne Foundation Residency/Recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Bromeley Family Theater at Blaisdell Hall. The concert is part of the University’s Spectrum Series. Chan will also be in residency with local students throughout the week.
Tickets are $6 for public, $5 for faculty and staff and free for any student with an ID.

“Eugene Chan has embraced the Valentine’s Day concept and has agreed to include Robert Schumann's masterpiece cycle ‘Dichterliebe,’ which describes the poet’s journey through life and love, in addition to other more modern romantic songs from popular Broadway musicals,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford.

Line-up of songs includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “I Have Dreamed” from “The King and I” and “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific”; Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight”; and Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine.”

John Churchwell, assistant conductor for the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, will accompany on the piano.

Among Chan’s performance credits are “The Merry Widow” with the West Bay Opera, “Carmen” with the San Francisco Opera Center and Sacramento Opera, “Don Giovanni” with Sacramento State Opera and “Brahms Requiem” with the Camellia Symphony.

Fresh off a Hollywood debut, Chan performed with little notice for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in “Carmina Burana.” This sparked his performance in China at the Shanghai National Grand Theater.

Chan debuted at Carnegie Hall in January 2008 through the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and in 2006, he appeared in the world premiere of “The Grand Seducers: Giovanni Meets Xi-men Qing” at the San Francisco Chinese Culture Center.

He has also performed as a soloist in the PBS televised performance of the “Charpentier Te Deum” with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony.

A pre-show dinner will be held beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Cost is $18, and the menu includes London broil with chocolate merlot sauce and New York cheesecake decorated with chocolate hearts.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Additional information is available by contacting the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814) 362-5113.


Anonymous said...

Like I'm going to waste my money to see this act!! can't afford health insurance for my kids!!

Anonymous said...

No one is telling you to go to this concert or pay for it. Some people like opera and some don't. Sorry you can't pay for health insurance for your kids but it seems you have a computer and the internet.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Pitt-Bradford for continuing to bring some culture to a very depressing (economically and mentally speaking) area! $6 is not very much for an evening of entertainment. It costs alot more to see the crappy movies coming from Hollywood.

Anonymous said...

"Like I'm going to waste my money to see this act!! can't afford health insurance for my kids!!"

Glad to see that in lieu of getting your kids insurance you are still spending $250 a year on internet access.

Anonymous said...

Honestly-it was an informational article on something some folks may emjoy for something different. Why make a comment just to make a comment? Whether your kids have insurance or not has nothing to do with this article on an event. By the way-the CHIP program?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Chan is an outstanding vocalist and I cannot wait to hear him fill our hearts on Valentine's Day with warmth and harmony.
His renditions of "My Funny Valentine" and "The Dildines Of Spring" will evoke memories of days gone by.
Nothing wrong with a little culture around these parts.