Getting Fearless with Jeff Nelsen and Nina Yoshida Nelsen

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017

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Experience the marriage of horn and mezzo-soprano in two days of activities not to be missed. Jeff Nelsen will lead a horn master class on March 17th from 11 am to 1 pm at the same time as his wife Nina Yoshida Nelsen gives a voice master class. The two of them will then lead one of Jeff’s trademark Fearless Performance workshops in the afternoon. On Saturday, March 18, joined by Frédéric Lacroix on piano, the duo will take the stage at Huguette Labelle Hall, Tabaret at 2 pm to give a public recital.

Professor of horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Jeff Nelsen is known for his years touring with the Canadian Brass and his recent TEDx talk about Fearless Performance, his specialized program which focuses on training musicians and others to consistently perform their best. Jeff performs on Broadway, has toured with the likes of Michael Bolton and Barry Manilow and has been recorded on dozens of movie and video game soundtracks, but he most enjoys performing with his wife, expressive mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen. Hailed as a “rich voiced, expressive mezzo-soprano” by San Francisco Classical Voice and “appealingly direct and honest in tone and bearing,” by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe, she recently made her New York City Opera debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, conducted by George Manahan.

-Kelsey Ross

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