Asanas & Arias

Asanas & Arias
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Tuesday, June 11 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Join soprano Christi McLain and pianist Blade Boulware for an evening of classical music and gentle flow yoga, featuring the works of Claude Debussy, Frédérick Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt. Asanas & Arias will utilize the beauty of their music to create an intimate and transformative atmosphere for participants to achieve deeper meaning during their practice.

Christi McLain, soprano

Soprano Christi McLain is celebrated for her invigorating and thoughtful interpretations of contemporary American opera and has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg. During the 2016-2017 season, she made her Hartford Symphony and Chorale debut, singing the role of Nancy Meneely in the new American oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944 in the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. Dr. McLain also made her Opera Theater of Connecticut debut portraying Juliet in their production of Romeo and Juliet: In Verse and Music. During her time in Connecticut, Dr. McLain premiered the one-act opera Owl Moon with Hartford Opera Theater and was nominated in the category of "Best Actress in a Musical" for the BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards as Mary Warren in Hartford Opera Theater's production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible. Audiences also saw her as Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Eva Delvigné in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position with Hartford Opera Theater, and as Marianne in Connecticut Lyric Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier. Dr. McLain has also made numerous concert appearances throughout her career, most notably as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony.  In Connecticut, she has performed as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G and has made featured appearances with the Torrington Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Opera Theater, and Connecticut Concert Opera, as well as performances of Sara in the new work #trending with In Medias Arts.

Blade Boulware, piano

Pianist and organist, Blade Boulware, is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and currently resides in Hartsville, South Carolina where he is the organist at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal church. Mr. Boulware graduated from Coker College in 2018 with a degree in music with an emphasis in piano performance. Mr. Boulware’s musical experience includes choral accompaniment, his experience spanning from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic church, the Dutch Fork Choral society, Coker College’s Coker singers, First Baptist church of Hartsville, and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal church; he is also experienced in collaborating with singers, solo piano repertoire work, organ, and working with other musical ensembles of various sizes. In addition to having studied piano at Coker College with Dr. Ryan F. Smith, Blade has studied voice with Dr. Christi McLain and Dr. Lee Ousley, and also studied organ with Dr. Don Grice. Mr. Boulware is currently further developing his musical talents, ultimately with a desire to study collaborative piano on the Graduate level.

June Avant, yoga instructor

June Avant’s love of yoga began over ten years ago when a friend taught her a few poses in her living room. Since that evening, June’s passion has grown steadily in her yoga classes, her personal practice, and her yoga teacher training. A self- proclaimed lifelong student, June completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in December of 2017 at Our Sacred Space School of Yoga, a Yoga Alliance approved Registered Yoga School (RYS). She is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200). She credits the teachers at OSSY, particularly Jamie Martell, for inspiring her to deepen her yoga practice and continue to see beauty and depth in the world around us. An educator and mother of two young children, June uses yoga to help her stay centered and peaceful amidst the busy-ness of daily life. As such, she invites her yoga students to reconnect with the anchor of their breath and the peace we all carry within.