Springfield Symphony’s late principal pianist, Nadine Shank, honored in virtual concert

Posted on: January 26, 2021

“Pianist Nadine Shank learned last year that she had Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, an incurable, rapidly progressing dementia,” writes Clifton Noble Jr. in Sunday’s (1/24) Republican (Springfield, MA). “She passed away … six months later, but left a beautiful and touching musical gift…. ‘Celestial Graces: A Remembrance of Nadine Shank,’ a video featuring some of [her] music-making, augmented by archival footage of numerous concerts Shank shared with her University of Massachusetts colleagues and friends, will be streamed free of charge on Jan. 31 … [on] the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts YouTube channel…. Shank taught at UMass for 40 years…. Shank served the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as its Principal Pianist from 1984 onward, and she was a gifted soloist as well. Her solo piano skills are borne out by recordings of Franz Liszt’s Sonetto 123 del Petrarca, from his Years of Pilgrimage, and Enrique Granados’s Goyesca No. 4, which are included at the close of Sunday’s streamed video…. Videography by Daniel Madsen and tireless organizational and post-production work by Shank’s husband David Nielsen and others saw the project to completion.… The streamed concert … will be a one-time-only event. Some selections will remain posted on YouTube channel.”