Lee Alan Nolan is preparing to bid Ridgecrest “adieu.”
Nolan has lived in Ridgecrest for 14 years and is familiar to local musical audiences as an accomplished musician and accompanist. After receiving a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and living in San Francisco for several years, he arrived in Ridgecrest in 2004. His first musical gig was playing services for the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church and playing piano and acting as a bit character for the CLOTA production City of Angels. He went on to present numerous solo shows and has even played the banjo for St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
He was the accompanist for Ridgecrest Opera Guild for concerts in 2013, 2015, and 2016 and the pianist and vocalist for RMES shows in 2011 and 2013. Nolan served as Music Director and pianist for CLOTA’s wildly popular 2010 production of Cabaret. He accompanied vocalists Amber Petersen in 2011 and 2012; and David Hodgson in 2011 and 2017; and collaborated with violinist Erica Ann MacArthur and ‘cellist Ian Rawson as RidgecresTrio in 2017.
Nolan is planning to move to Portland, Oregon. He said he is looking forward to the cooler, wetter climate, and would like to pursue work as a college music professor and/or accompanist. Nolan also has family in the area.
“I am deeply grateful for the appreciation the very musical community of Ridgecrest has shown me, especially for the supporters who have made it to many of my solo and collaborative concerts,” Nolan said. “I would like to say: thank you for this dance! There is a terrific amount of talent here in Indian Wells Valley, and I have been blessed to be counted as part of it.”
As a farewell, Nolan is presenting a program for the community. This concert is aptly named “Adieu,” and there will be “goodbye” themed pieces spread throughout. It will feature the “Adieu” Waltz and the “Adieu” Etude of Frédéric Chopin, the very late Bagatelles, Op. 126 of Ludwig van Beethoven, Spanish Dances by Enríque Granados, a rock piece by Styx, and the difficult “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” by Frans Liszt.
Nolan promises contrasts and variety, which he said he strives to achieve on all his solo piano programs. It will contain less dissonance than he tends to include in his concerts, he added.
“It is going to feature a lot of ‘good-bye’ themed or sounding music, which will be very accessible and palatable,” he said. “A real crowd-pleaser I feel like.”
Nolan added that the show will include not one but two pieces by Chopin nicknamed “adieu,” not to mention the “infamous Hungarian Rhapsody.”
Nolan said giving the performance is his way of thanking the community.
“It’s the best way that I could think of to show my appreciation and gratitude for the support from the community. I will give one last show for the road.”
The performances will be on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church at 633 W. Las Flores Ave. and Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 200 West Drummond Ave. The suggested donation is $15 at the door.