Baritone Kelvin Chan opens Pitt-Bradford Spectrum Series

Kelvin Chan

Baritone Kelvin Chan, an internationally well-regarded singer, director, and actor, will present a recital of vocal works entitled “Bright is the Ring of Words” at noon Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The free concert will take place in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. A light lunch will be served.

The program will feature musical settings of poetry by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, and others; each piece is inspired by the idea of musical song as a way of infusing words with deeper emotion and meaning.

Chan takes his inspiration from Maya Angelou, who said, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.”

Chan will be accompanied at the piano by Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music.

“Kelvin and I have worked together for a long time and I'm thrilled he's coming to sing at Pitt-Bradford,” says Groffman. “He has an incredible voice and is a stellar artist and musician.” As part of his residency on campus, Chan will also work with Groffman's students in the Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Born in Flushing, N.Y., and currently based in The Hague, Netherlands, Chan's recent operatic engagements include the Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's “Madama Butterfly” and with Houston Grand Opera, where he created the role of Goong-Goong in the HGOCo production of “Courtside” by Jack Perla.

He has appeared with Cincinnati Opera, where he performed the role of Yamadori in “Madama Butterfly,” and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, creating the role of Shi-Yin in “RedDust,” an opera electronica by Mathew Rosenblum.

He is Founding Director of Vital Opera and was for several years a member of the experimental Polish company Song of the Goat Theatre.