Doug Smith in concert at Homestead Barn July 17

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FARMINGTON – The Nordica Homestead Association will present Doug Smith in concert Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. in the Homestead Barn on Holley Road.

As part of its summer celebration of concerts for the 100th anniversary of Lillian Nordica’s historic concert in Farmington, The Nordica Homestead Assoc. will present Farmington native Doug Smith in a concert of American Song associated with Nordica. For the first time ever the concert will be held in the barn on the Homestead property.

Doug Smith is the son of former Homestead Caretakers Marion and Phil Smith. He is a 1974 graduate of Mt.Blue High School and is a graduate of New York Univ. Tisch School of the Arts where he studied acting with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors Guild and has worked professionally in many plays and musicals in New York City as well as in Florida, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. He also did a three-year stint performing on various cruise ships and toured the country and Guam with a live “Snoopy” show. For several years now he has been studying opera and classical music and recently sang the role of Doctor Grenvil in “La Traviata,” the opera in which Nordica made her second appearance in Italy.

For this concert Doug has chosen songs by American Composers that Nordica sang and recorded along with two songs he wrote relating to Nordica as well as Nordica’s own composition “Enduring Love” and several songs by Edward Macdowell, (a favorite of Nordica) and some songs by Stephen Foster one of which Nordica also recorded.

In regard to the concert Doug had this to say: “The Nordica Homestead property is a very beautiful and magical place. A place for everyone in Farmington and the whole state to be proud of. It was home to my parents and to me when I returned to Farmington for 15 years. I have always thought that the barn would be an excellent place for concerts and theater. I am thrilled to be the first person to perform there and I hope that it will be the beginning of the barn being utilized as a performance space and perhaps an art gallery as well.”

Admission is by donation and light refreshments will be served.

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