"Northland's Tenor" opens Cambiata music series

Bill Bastian

Bill Bastian

Our popular Cambiata music series starts Saturday, Sept. 26 with a 7:30 p.m. performance from a singer known as the "Northland's Tenor," William Bastian.

A music instructor at the College, Bastian will perform selections written by composer Charles Edward Ives. Ives, who was born in 1874, amassed a fortune by founding the premiere insurance agency of his time. His wealth allowed him to express himself creatively by writing music that didn't have to bend to the popular tastes of his day. The result is powerfully individualistic music, much of which wasn't performed until decades later when people started to appreciate his genius.

Bastian has sung leading roles in 39 different operas and 75 different oratorio and symphonic works. He performs locally with the Duluth/Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Arrowhead Chorale, and the Lyric Opera of the North. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Concert Opera, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, among many others.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for local students and St. Scholastica faculty and staff. Admission is free for St. Scholastica students and Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery.

"Cambiata" is Italian for "changed." The Cambiata concert series celebrates changing styles and the enduring value of music.

The rest of the 2015-16 Cambiata season includes:

  • "Bach's the Art of the Fugue" with pianist Angela Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 
  • Handel's "Messiah" Sing-Along, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15
  • Twin Ports Choral Project: "Spirit, Moving Over Chaos," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 
  • "Hayden, The Prince and Baryton," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12

All performances are in the Mitchell Auditorium.