“Mina Fisher, former Minnesota Orchestra cellist and producing artistic director of the Bakken Trio, thinks we don’t know enough about Nadia Boulanger. Who? Exactly,” writes Pamela Espeland in last Thursday’s (9/7) MinnPost (Minneapolis). “Do a Google search for ‘studied with Nadia Boulanger’ and settle in for a long scroll…. To name a few [of her students]: Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein … John Eliot Gardiner … and Joe Raposo, who wrote more than 3,000 songs for ‘Sesame Street.’ The phrase ‘studied with Nadia Boulanger’ is all most people know about the Frenchwoman who was also a musician, composer, arranger, critic, Stravinsky’s editor, and the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras…. [Fisher’s] new play, ‘Nadia,’ will have its world premiere on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 17 and 18, in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall [in Minneapolis]. Christina Baldwin will play the role of Boulanger. Steven Epp will direct. Chamber music selections woven throughout—by Fauré, Chopin, Bach, Stravinsky, Copland, Boulanger and her sister, Lili—will be performed by pianist Michael Kim and Bakken Trio members Stephanie Arado, violin, and Pitnarry Shin, cello.”

Posted September 14, 2017