Inspired by the Henry James and American Painting exhibition, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will host an evening of cabaret-style performances. The performance on Thursday, Nov. 30 will draw from Henry James's novels, stories, and correspondence with Isabella Stewart Gardner, pairing excerpts from James's writing with songs by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Dolly Parton, Benjamin Britten, Lili Boulanger, Kurt Weill, Rufus Wainwright, and others, that will bring his female characters and friends to life.
Featured cabaret performers include:
Casey Erin Clark- Casey Erin Clark is an actor, speech coach, singing teacher, writer, and entrepreneur who makes her home and career in New York. Notable performing credits include, but are not limited to, the national tour of “Les Miserables” (Factory Girl, understudy Fantine) and the 2013 Oscars performance with the film cast; “Frankenstein” (Agatha); and “Shout!” - the mod musical (Red Girl). In addition to her performing career, Casey has been teaching vocal production, public speaking, accent modification, and singing to clients of all ages for the last 10 years. Her singing clients perform on Broadway, in national tours, and regional theaters around the country.
Nicholas Phan- Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence, and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music. Mr. Phan's 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. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others.
Joseph Thalken- Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. His musicals include “Harold and Maude,” book/lyrics by Tom Jones; “Was,” book/lyrics by Barry Kleinbort; “And the Curtain Rises,” book by Michael Slade, lyrics by Mark Campbell; and “Borrowed Dust,” book/lyrics by Martin Moran. As a pianist, conductor, and arranger, he has performed with Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Polly Bergen, and many others.
Phyllis Thompson- Phyllis Thompson is a cultural historian who works on 19th- and 20th-century American topics. Her book project, “Domestic Pleasures: Dreams of Hope and Fulfillment in American Home Life,” traces the intellectual history of the idea of pleasure in private life. It focuses on representations of gendered pleasure as they circulated in literary, prescriptive, and popular texts and images during a pair of Gilded Ages a century apart. She is the Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Stonehill College and Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.
The Henry James and American Painting exhibition is the first to explore the relationship between James’ literary works and the visual arts. On view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from Oct. 19 to Jan. 21, 2018, it offers a fresh perspective on the master novelist and the significance of his friendships with American artists including John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, and close friend and esteemed arts patron, Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Henry James and American Painting originated at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan over the summer and moved to Boston in October. It is co-curated by Colm Tóibín, the renowned Irish novelist and Jamesian specialist, and Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Head of the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan. Marc Simpson, independent curator and a specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century American art, serves as consulting curator. An illustrated catalogue will include essays by Tóibín and Simpson.
Cabaret begins at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s performance venue, Calderwood Hall. Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Ticket pricing is as follows:
SECTION A: FLOOR LEVEL AND FIRST BALCONY
Adults $40, seniors $37, members $28, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted.
SECTION B: SECOND AND THIRD BALCONIES
Adults $35, seniors $32, members $23, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).
For information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.gardnermuseum.org
or call 617-278-5156.