In a one-woman show combining chamber music with theater, actress/singer Adriana Zabala explores the memories and secrets behind the legendary and charismatic music teacher, Nadia Boulanger.
"NADIA" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium, sponsored by the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts. Buy tickets by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 or by visiting www.glapa.org.
Music performed by pianist Michael Kim, 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 her family," her sister Lili, and the “crazy pleasure” she feels teaching. Nadia Boulanger’s brilliance and magnetic personality are showcased in master classes like “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, focused on symbolism in his spare yet playful direction of the 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 20th 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. NADIA also explores feminist struggles in France and coping with terminal illness.
NADIA, written and created by Bakken Trio’s former artistic director, cellist Mina Fisher, was premiered to sold-out audiences on the subscription series of The Bakken Trio at MacPhail Center for the Arts Sept. 17 and 18, 2017.
This Minnesota State Arts Board tour marks the debut of Adriana Zabala as Nadia, directed by Omer Ben Saidia. 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.