The Nordica Trio. Photo by Will Wohler

ArtsFarmington plans to presents The Nordica Trio at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the Nordica Auditorium, at 224 Main St. in Farmington

The Nordica Trio consists of Graybert Beacham, violin; Karen Beacham, clarinet; and Martin Perry, piano. They will be performing the works of Alan Hovhaness, Bela Bartok, Aram Khatchaturian, and Alexander Arutiunian.
The trio brings together three outstanding musicians who have performed internationally. Since its debut in 1993, the trio has been enthusiastically received by audiences in Maine and beyond.

The trio takes its name from the American operatic soprano, Lillian Nordica. Born Lillian Norton in Farmington, Madame Nordica made her operatic debut in Brescia in 1879. Her fame quickly spread, and she made appearances in all the principal capitals in Europe and America. She was known in Europe as the Yankee Diva.

Most recently, the Managing Director of Somm Recordings in the United Kingdom, after hearing a live recording of the Nordica Trio’s performance of Bela Bartok’s “Contrasts,” approached the trio to record a CD for its label. The CD will include works by Armenian composers and the Bartok “Contrasts.” Recording sessions are planned for August, 2023.

Suggested price is $20 for adults (more if you can, less if you can’t — everyone welcome, nobody turned away), UMF students and youth 18 and under free.

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