The Nordica Day concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Nordica Auditorium, in Merrill Hall, 224 Main St. in Farmington.

The celebration is in honor of internationally-known diva, Lillian Nordica, who performed Aug. 17, 1911, in her hometown of Farmington to an overflow audience in the auditorium that now bears her name.

The concert will feature the winner of the Nordica Scholarship who is Rachel Shukan, soprano of Woburn, Massacusetts. She is a senior performance major at University of Southern Maine where she studies with Ellen Chickering. Most recently she won the Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize in the Bay Chamber Young Stars of Maine competition. She has participated, for the last three summers, in Opera Maine productions of Tosca, Carmen and La Traviata.

Her program will consist of a variety of arias and art songs including the lovely “Shepherd on the Rock” by Schubert, assisted by Benjamin Fox, clarinet. She will be accompanied by Scott Wheatley on piano.

In addition to the concert, Nordica Day will be celebrated by offering free admission to the Nordica Homestead Museum, birthplace of Madame Nordica.

For more information, visit or call 778-2042.

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