There's an old adage — those who can, do, and those who can't, teach. It's pretty much totally debunked as not having even a grain of truth, because as you probably know, many who do really well, simply don't have the gift to explain how they do it, and some of the greatest teachers have molded and coached students so well, their "doing" is simply that, exemplary teaching.
This would be the example of Nadia Boulanger, a French musician who has a list of students that reads like a who's who of twentieth century composers. Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, Astor Piazzolla, Michel Legrand, Gian Carlo Menotti, Walter Piston, Jean Françaix, and the list goes on and on. She's been called "the most influential teacher since Socrates."
Mina Fisher is the Artistic Director of the Bakken Trio and has written a new play to tell Nadia's story through words and music this Sunday and Monday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the MacPhail Center with Michael Kim, pianist, along with Trio members Stephanie Arado, violin, and Pitnarry Shin, cello. Christina Baldwin is Nadia.
RepertoireBach, Erbarme dich from St. Matthew Passion
Faure, Après un rêve
Boulanger Chanson for voice and piece