AUGUST 6, 2021
Friday at 5 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

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.

This performance includes an Opening Night Reception at intermission. Light refreshments will be served.


Nadia Boulanger
Vers la vie nouvelle
Lux aeterna

Lili Boulanger
Faust et Hélène
Pie Jesu

Priaulx Rainier Reminiscence

Louise Talma Alleluia in the Form of a Toccata

Grażyna Bacewicz Music for Strings, Trumpet, and Percussion

Julia Perry Stabat mater


Leon Botstein conductor

Rebecca Miller conductor

J’Nai Bridges mezzo-soprano

Fei-Fei piano

Joshua Guerrero tenor

Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano

Joelle Harvey soprano

Joshua Hopkins baritone

Renée Anne Louprette organ

Nicholas Phan tenor

Bard Festival Chamber Players

Bard Music Festival

The Bard Music Festival returns for its 31st season with an exploration of the life and work of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), the pioneering Parisian pedagogue, composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and indomitable personality who shaped more than a generation of American musicians. Through a series of themed concert programs, lectures, and panel discussions, Nadia Boulanger and Her World pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in the history of classical music.

The festival will present examples of Boulanger’s own, little-known oeuvre alongside music by her teachers and mentors, including Gabriel FauréLouis Vierne and Charles Marie Widor; her Parisian contemporaries, like Claude DebussyOlivier MessiaenFrancis PoulencMaurice RavelErik Satie and expats George GershwinCole Porter and Igor Stravinsky; her male students, including Jean FrançaixAstor Piazzolla, and illustrious Americans Marc BlitzsteinElliott CarterAaron CoplandPhilip GlassWalter Piston and Virgil Thomson; her female students, like Marcelle de ManziarlyThea MusgraveJulia Perry and Louise Talma; other women composers, Germaine Taillefaire and Lili Boulanger, Nadia’s celebrated sister, among them; and some of the bygone composers whose music she vociferously championed, like MonteverdiBach and Brahms.