“Who hears the songs when the voices are silent?
Who remembers the great sound we used to make, on the shores of an island we thought would last for ever?” – Susan Musgrave
Vancouver in 1958, images of a whale, East Sooke in the 40’s, over-foresting damage to Talunkwun Island in the Haida Gwaii and its tragic impact, a short story about Juliet and Juanita set in Vancouver by Nobel Prize winning author, Alice Munro. Each of the writings chosen are evocative of a certain aspect of BC life and history, and these sentiments are responded to and translated into music by the orchestra in accompanying pieces of music that reflect, sustain, and flow with the words. Canadian soprano Suzie Leblanc sings two beautiful works inspired by the poetry of American poet Elizabeth Bishop commissioned by her and written by Canadian composers Christos Hatzis and Alisdair MacLean.
This concert is a great chance for people to experience the impact of music on words, and words on music. It is an artistic and meditative reflection on some of Canada’s best talents both as writers and composers and gives us the opportunity to meet many of BC’s great writers up-close and in a personal way. We are pleased that the authors will read their own works, and Sheila Munro will read her mother Alice Munro’s work. They will have the opportunity then to perform their words in a special way.
Tania Miller will host a post-concert informal talk in Wood Hall with the writers to talk about their creative lives, influences, and works. The audience can have a chance to meet the authors and hear their stories up close.
Tania Miller, conductor / Suzie LeBlanc, soprano / Jack Hodgins, curator
Aaron Copland – Quiet City
Alasdair MacLean – Silken Water: The Elizabeth Bishop Suite
Tobin Stokes – Stories from Klee Wyck: Two movements: Cha-atl, Canoe (words by Emily Carr)
Christos Hatzis – Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
Aaron J. Kernis – Musica Celestis
Click here for notes on Silken Water and The Elizabeth Bishop Suite
George Bowering – reading from “The Great Grandchildren of Bill Bisset’s Mice.”
Susan Musgrave – reading from “Requiem for Talunkwun Island”
Steven Price – reading from “Into Darkness”
Sheila Munro – reading from her mother Alice Munro’s “Chance”
Click here for a brief biography of the authors.
Tickets are $20 and are available here, at the Victoria Symphony Box Office (620 View Street) and at the door!