Old World New World: Americans in Paris


On Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Patrick O’Shea will guest conduct the La Crosse Chamber Chorale in the beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, 1155 West Wabasha Street, Winona.

Few teachers have left a mark on American music as profound as that left by Nadia Boulanger. When Philip Glass met her in 1964, he described her as “a tough, aristocratic French woman, elegantly dressed in fashions 50 years out of date.” After the death of her younger sister, Lili (whom she considered a better composer), in 1918, she largely abandoned composition and focused on teaching. Her students include a long list of iconic American composers from Aaron Copland to Quincy Jones. With Nadia Boulanger as the “pivot point,” this program examines music of two generations of her teachers (Saint-Saëns and Fauré), her brilliant sister, and a number of her American students spanning several decades (Elliott Carter, David Conte, Russell Woollen, Daniel Pinkham, and, of course, Aaron Copland). Guest artists include Meredith Mihm, piano; Mary Beth Hensel, oboe; Barbara Tristano, flute; and Derek Clark, cello.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door and are $20 or $10 for students.

If you aren’t able to make the performance in Winona, the program will be repeated on Sunday, November 4, at 3 p.m. at First Congregational UCC, 2503 Main Street, La Crosse, Wis.


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