Swan song for an opera heroine

Print Article

Marlo Faulkner put several thousand dollars in the JACC account and smiles on 150 faces Monday night.

And then she said goodbye.

Faulkner, patron saint of local opera and a fighter for the arts nobody wants to mess with, announced that henceforth, she'll be riding in the bus instead of driving it. In her summertime swan song, Marlo assembled a spectacular cast for the fourth time to raise money for the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in the heart of Post Falls.

Christina Kowalski, Heather Parker, Brandon Michael, Derrick Parker and David Demand all lent their considerable talent to a fun and fabulous evening of music, interspersed with an entertaining and illuminating narrative from Faulkner. The bookends to the show were two Wolskis: Dawn, a soprano who served two enlistments in the U.S. Army where she performed with the London Symphony, among others; and her husband, the extraordinary violinist Mateusz Wolski. Dawn is the newly appointed executive director of Opera Coeur d'Alene, which Marlo helped found years ago, and Mateusz is an artist whose mastery would not be out of place in any symphony on Earth.

When Marlo announced late in the program that her role in the future would be as a patron rather than an organizer, fundraiser, board member and so on, there was more than one gasp from the audience and a lingering pause of incredulity. For many of her 75 years, Marlo Faulkner has been a mover and shaker for local arts, and to a lot of us, those few steps from one side of the podium to the other represent an inconceivable and somewhat frightening gulf. What's going to happen in her absence? Who's going to step up? Is this the beginning of the end of a precious cultural niche for North Idaho?

In Faulknerian fashion, Marlo didn't linger on herself. Instead, she took the stage with the other singers to close out the show, and if there were tears from her eyes, they disappeared quickly in the huge grin on her face as she sang along joyously, if not quite professionally.

The opera community is losing the leading star that's shone brightest and longest in the North Idaho night. But don't despair. Opera Coeur d'Alene is a little powerhouse with talent galore and a devoted following, one that now includes indisputably its greatest fan.

Brava, Marlo!

• • •

Editor's note: “Tosca” is coming to Coeur d'Alene. See today's Entertainment section, C12.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Meditate on this for a while

February 23, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press In some corners, it was the least popular Press story in months. The story moved a handful of callers to threaten to cancel their newspaper subscriptions if “stories like this are going to continue ...

Comments

Read More

We can fret and complain, or we can …

February 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press There’s so much wrong in the world, sometimes we just need to take a deep breath, exhale, and focus on matters we can influence, if not control. Are you going to change people’s mind about abortion ...

Comments

Read More

After the party, then what?

February 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Junior is graduating preschool. Party! Missy is graduating kindergarten. Party! Ralphy is graduating fifth grade. Party! Cody is graduating middle school. Party! Caprice is graduating high sc...

Comments

Read More

It’s elementary: Cd’A schools solve problem

February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press A., break a campaign promise or B., fail to uphold your fiduciary responsibilities. For Coeur d’Alene School District officials, it was going to be one or the other in deciding where to build a new ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X