Music with Minnesotans: Nancy Gibson

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
February 9, 2011

St. Paul, Minn. — Biologist Nancy Gibson is co-founder of The International Wolf Center in Ely.

Her life is devoted to the study and conservation of wolves, including reintroducing them to Yellowstone and Idaho.

She has been named conservationist of the year, won numerous awards including two Emmy's and was recognized as a Notable Woman by the First Lady.

Classical music has long been a part of this amazing woman's life from the time her father would invite her to waltz with him in their living room accompanied by Mozart.

It's actually sound itself that attracted Nancy to a life in the wild - the wild choruses of creatures that she still listens to from an open window at night even in the dead of winter.

Nancy is close with another wolf conservationist, the founder of a sanctuary for wolves just north of New York City, pianist Helene Grimaud.

It's not surprising then that she lists Helene's performances as some of her most favorite, but not only because the music is moving and touching and played by one of her best friends, but also because it reminds her of the cacophony of morning sounds in the forest or the stopping and starting of a herd of water buffalo migrating across the African Plains.

Enjoy hearing some of the great piano concertos in a new way!


Nancy Gibson's playlist:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21 - Christian Zacaharias

Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto - Helene Grimaud

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 - Helene Grimaud


Check out more from Music with Minnesotans:

Linda Z. Andrews, Ann Bancroft, Charles Baxter, Philip Brunelle, Mayor Chris Coleman, Michael Pearce Donley, Joe Dowling, Dr. Victoria Elmer, William Gurstelle, Karen Hansen, Steve Heitzeg, Stuart Loughridge, Stephen Paulus, Lois Quam, Mayor RT Rybak, General Larry Shellito, The Reverend Spenser Simrell, Dale Warland, and Matt Wehling.


Consie Powell is the artist who draws weasels and bugs and dogs and kids and apples and birds and snow and lizards and spiders and clouds and whatever else takes her fancy. She's my guest next week on Music with Minnesotans.

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