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The Exemplary Musician
Anchored by TŌN, and exploiting Bard’s unusual ability to integrate orchestral, choral, solo and chamber works within a single event, this opening concert pairs several of Nadia Boulanger’s own compositions—her Mussorgskian piano piece Vers la vie nouvelle, selected songs and Lux aeterna, her brief tribute to her sister, Lili—with music by some of her most distinguished female students.
Nadia was both teacher and role model to Louise Talma, the first woman to receive back-to-back Guggenheims; Julia Perry, who synthesized her classical training and African-American heritage; Polish neoclassicist Grażyna Bacewicz; South African-British composer Priaulx Rainier; and Nadia’s adored but envied younger sister, Lili.
Lili is represented by her haunting Pie Jesu, a piece she dictated on her deathbed, and by Faust et Hélène, the cantata with which she became the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome, surpassing the older sister to whom she dedicated it.
5 pm Performance
Fei-Fei, piano; Joshua Guerrero, tenor; Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano; Joelle Harvey, soprano; Joshua Hopkins, baritone; Renée Louprette, organ; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Bard Festival Chamber Players; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Rebecca Miller and Leon Botstein, music director
Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979)
Vers la vie nouvelle (1915)
Lux aeterna (c. 1920)
Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)
Faust et Hélène (1913)
Pie Jesu (1918)
Priaulx Rainier (1903–86)
Louise Talma (1906–96)
Alleluia in the Form of a Toccata (1945)
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909–69)
Music for Strings, Trumpet, and Percussion (1958)
Julia Perry (1924–79)
Stabat mater (1951)
This performance includes an Opening Night Reception at intermission. Light refreshments will be served.
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