Nolan bids ‘Adieu’ to Ridgecrest

Nolan bids ‘Adieu’ to RidgecrestBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff writer

Pianist Lee Alan Nolan is giving his farewell concert next weekend with two performances – Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church and Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

The concert, appropriately titled “Adieu,” will feature music by Frédéric Chopin (“Adieu” etude and waltz), Enrique Granados (Spanish dances), Ludwig von Beethovan (late Bagatelles), Styx and “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” by Franz Liszt.

“As a thank you, and as a farewell, I have prepared for my audience a very palatable ‘meal’ of enjoyable and exiting music, hopefully,” said Nolan.

After nearly a decade in Ridgecrest, Nolan is returning north for a change of scene (and weather).

He said he may pursue accompanying and teaching at Portland’s Reed College where a friend and fellow San Francisco Conservatory of Music alumnus is.

Nolan earned his master’s degree in at the San Francisco Conservatory before heading to the Los Angeles area. He performed not only in L.A., but also in Europe where toured.with the “Singing Waiters” group. He has even performed at Carnegie Hall.

Nolan landed in Ridgecrest out of a desire to “escape the rat race of L.A.,” and he found a temporary home in our artistic community.

“To the very musical community of Ridgecrest, and especially to my supporters who have made it to many of my solo and collaborative concerts, I would like to say: thank you for this dance!” said Nolan. “There is a terrific amount of talent here in the Indian Wells Valley and I have been blessed to be counted as a part of it.”

In addition to his concerts, Nolan has performed as an accompanist for the Ridgecrest Opera Guild, pianist and vocalist for Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society productions and musical director of the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association 2010 production of “Cabaret.” He has accompanied and collaborated with other local talents such as vocalists Amber Farris-Petersen and David Hodgson, violinist Erica Ann MacArther and cellist Ian Rawson.

Suggested donation for “Adieu” is $15 at the door.

Story First Published: 2018-04-20