Who was Nadia Boulanger? Why did thousands of musicians flock to France to study with “the most influential teacher since Socrates?” Find out Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. as the Bakken Trio presents “NADIA,” at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro, MN. A student rate of $5 will be offered to students 18 & under for this performance.
COVID-19 Update: The health of our artists, community members, visitors, staff and volunteers is at the forefront of our minds at Lanesboro Arts. Taking this into account, March events at the St. Mane Theater have been postponed and the Lanesboro Arts Gallery will be closed to the public until March 31, 2020, at which time we will assess the situation to ensure the continued health and safety of the community. As of right now, the The Bakken Trio’s presentation of “NADIA” will proceed as planned on Friday, May 15th, but we will continue to carefully monitor this public health situation and adjust as necessary.
In a mesmerizing one woman tour-de-force that blends chamber music with live theater, actress/singer Adriana Zabala explores the memories and secrets behind the legendary and charismatic music teacher, Nadia Boulanger. Music performed by the pianist Michael Kim, the Bakken Trio’s violinist Stephanie Arado and cellist Mina Fisher triggers Nadia’s memories of her life, the deaths of her father and lover, the complex relationship she had with “the true genius of the family”, her sister Lili, and the “crazy pleasure” she feels teaching. Nadia Boulanger’s brilliance and magnetic personality are showcased in master classes – How Does Bach Write Mercy? – as well as in private lessons with Copland, Francaix and Piazzola.
The imaginative Stephen Epp, veteran of Jeune Lune Theater and the Moving Company, focuses on symbolism in his spare yet playful direction of this original Bakken Trio production based on Boulanger’s own quotes, and on scenes recounted by Boulanger students to scriptwriter Mina Fisher. Nadia’s own music and music of her teachers and vastly diverse students – Piazzola and Quincy Jones, Lili Boulanger and Copland – permeates the play, even as music formed the backbone of Nadia Boulanger’s life. NADIA is the compelling story of a woman tenaciously overcoming sexism in early twentieth century Paris to make an unparalleled impact on the musical world.
In this homage to a great teacher, themes include the richness of the mentor/scholar relationship, the balance of artistic freedom with craft, truth vs. perception, and the counterpoint of emotion endured by those who live intensely.
Twin Cities-based The Bakken Trio is acclaimed for its intensity and refinement. It is one of Minnesota’s premier chamber ensembles presenting a challenging but accessible mix of traditional chamber music and virtuosic modern compositions. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has called its playing “utterly convincing”. The McKnight Foundation has awarded it their prestigious Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians and Bakken artists have been chosen for funding by the American Composers Forum. The Metro Regional Arts Council has bestowed it with numerous awards to commission new work, the most recent being a dance collaboration with Black Label Movement to choreograph John Adams’ Alleged Dances. They also regularly fund The Bakken Trio’s annual outreach concerts for kids in Minneapolis parks. In recent years, The Bakken Trio’s concept-based programming has ignited audiences of the Twin Cities. It has won great accolades in the community for its programming and collaborations with the Black Label Movement dance company, the Gamelan Orchestra, butoh artists, actor Steven Epp, as well as composers Dan Visconti, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Jeffrey Brooks, and John Waters.
Mezzo – soprano Adriana Zabala (Nadia) enjoys a vibrant career that spans performance and recording of new opera, song, and concert works, as well as beloved operatic roles, traditional concert and oratorio works, German Lieder, French Mélodie, and American and Spanish song. As the title character in the American Premiere of Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Minnesota Opera, Adriana Zabala was praised by The Wall Street Journal as showing “tremendous stamina and boy-like flair.” The New York Times hailed her as “a vivid, fearless presence,” and the L.A. Times as “extraordinary” for her portrayal of the Barbarian Girl in the American premiere of Philip Glass’ opera.
Currently a proud member of the voice faculty at the University of Minnesota, Zabala recently recorded Exhilaration: Dickinson and Yeats Songs about which Opera News said: “Singing with uncommon clarity and natural beauty, Zabala seems to be deep inside the poems.” She has since performed the songs in Salzburg, in Carnegie Hall, and in Minneapolis. Long interested in the Boulanger sisters, Zabala recently commissioned a transcription of Lili Boulanger’s song cycle “Les Clairieres dans le ciel”.
This event is presented by Lanesboro Arts and sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio, Commonweal Theatre, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub and Granny’s Liquors.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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