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Gryphon Trio – ECHO: Memories of the World (Workshop Event)

3 December 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Important! Gryphon Trio – Echo: Memories of the World has been postponed to a future VS/POV season. All ticket holders will be refunded on Tuesday, November 21. Please wait a few business days for this transaction to appear on your banking statement.

As a thank you for supporting this concert, we would like to invite you to a workshop with the artists on December 3 at 4:00 pm at the Baumann Centre. The event will be approximately 90 minutes in length. More information below!

Echo: Memories of the World – reflections on the creation of a new multimedia work
Sunday, December 3, 4:00 pm, FREE
Wingate Studio at the Baumann Centre (925 Balmoral Road)



Moved by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Canadian artists and arts organizations are re-evaluating and changing the way they approach the creation of new work.

Artists serve as the custodians and storytellers of our shared heritage, their creative expressions transcending time and space to connect us across generations. Yet, throughout history and even today, certain memories and voices have been marginalized, silenced and stolen.

In 2021, Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio assembled a remarkable team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to work collaboratively and create work in a new way. This collective creation journey has resulted in Echo: Memories of the World – an emotionally charged experience that combines music, words, and film. Echo delves into the ways history has been erased, manipulated, and attacked, while simultaneously celebrating visionary artists who have defied suppression and breathed life into enduring works of profound significance.

On Sunday December 3, Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, and the Gryphon Trio invite you to join the Echo: Memories of the World creative team for a gathering that will reveal insights into the project’s creative process, include multimedia excerpts performed by Gryphon Trio, mezzo soprano Marion Newman Nege’ga and narrator čačumḥi aaron m. wells. The event will conclude with a Q & A session.

This free event will take place at the Baumann Centre at 4:00 pm and will be approximately 90 minutes in length.

A tapestry of music by Andrew Balfour, Eliot Britton, Ian Cusson, Ry Moran, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Marion Newman, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and contemporary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, interwoven with poignant storytelling, digital audio, evocative imagery, and film, Echo: Memories of the World unveils resilient visions of the future, drawing inspiration from three diverse corners of the world: the lands now known as Canada, Norway, and Ukraine.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gryphon Trio

Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
Jamie Parker, piano

Celebrating its 30th season, the Gryphon Trio is one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic and memorable performances.

With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

Creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new directions, the Gryphon Trio has commissioned over 100 new works, and frequently collaborates on projects that push the boundaries of chamber music. The trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe, and their 22 recordings are an encyclopedia of works for the genre. Honours include three Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year – most recently, that of 2019 – and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council.

Deeply committed to music education and audience development, the Gryphons conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories, and are artists-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College. Dr. Jamie Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and Annalee Patipatanakoon is Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Since 2010, the trio’s multi-faceted arts creation program Listen Up! has engaged elementary school students, teachers and parents in 17 Canadian communities and provided them with the experience and knowledge required to participate actively in the arts.

The Trio serve as Directors of the Classical Music Summer Programs at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Marion Newman – Nege’ga, mezzo soprano

Marion Newman is Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations with English, Irish and Scottish heritage. Born in Bella Coola, Marion grew up in Sooke, BC, immersed in and embraced by her community and culture. She is one of Canada’s most accomplished singers in repertoire ranging from Charpentier to Cusson and operatic roles including Carmen and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Nominated for a Dora Award for her leading role in the world premiere of Shanawdithit (Nolan/Burry) with Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, Ian Ritchie wrote “she invests her character with towering dignity and courage”.

Marion created the role of Dawn with the Welsh National Opera world premiere of Migrations (Todd), with stories by six writers based on their personal experiences of migrations and working with refugees.

Marion has performed several works written specifically for her, including a Canada-wide tour of Ancestral Voices (Tovey) with the Vancouver Symphony and Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx – Singing the Earth (Höstman/Robinson) with the Victoria and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras . Upcoming new works include the role of Mimi in Indians on Vacation, an operatic adaptation of the novel by Thomas King (Cusson/Vavrek) with Against the Grain Theatre.

A driving force for truth and reconciliation within the context of classical music, she is helping lead colleagues and audiences through long overdue discussions about the very nature of what it means to call something “Canadian music”.

In her role as host of CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera Marion is bringing her talented and inspiring colleagues to the attention of listeners across Canada. www.marionnewman.com.


čačumḥi – aaron wells, actor

ʔuukłaas čačumḥi aaron wells ʔuukłaas ƛaḥ – my name is chah-chum-hi, aaron wells is what I am also called. I come from the nuučan̓uł and ts’ymsyen nations of the what is known as the northwest coast of BC as well as English settler heritage. Many thanks to our director Reneltta and the Team of both the English and Indigenous Theatre for bringing all of us together to do this fantastic work. Language has always been something that is really important to me and to have the honour and privilege to work within another culture that is not my own is beyond English words. čumqƛsiš luu’am guudl s’ygoy’n ƛeekoo ƛeekoo.

Previous works include Children Of God (The Cultch/NAC); They Call Me Princess (The Globe Theatre); Pawâkan Macbeth (akpik theatre); The CoyotesThe Nutcracker (Caravan Farm Theatre) and other community language projects.



Gryphon Trio – ECHO: Memories of the World

All peoples contribute to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind.” (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) 

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples constitutes the framework for reconciliation across all levels and all sectors of society.  (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Principles of Reconciliation) 

When cultural heritage comes under attack, so too do the peoples to whom that heritage belongs. This constitutes a violation of their fundamental human rights.

Artists play a vital role as both the keepers and the sharers of culture, helping pass individual and collectively held memories through time, space and generations.

But not all memories have been valued.  Across human history, and still occurring today, artists have been silenced; their memories suppressed, voices stolen and passage of knowledge through time interrupted.

In collaboration with a global circle of Indigenous and non-Indigenous composers, poets, researchers, theatre artists and filmmakers, the Gryphon Trio and guest artists Marion Newman and Aaron Wells present Echo – Memories of the World.

Featuring music by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Valentin Silvestrov, Andrew Balfour, Eliot Britton and Ry Moran with storytelling, digital audio, images, and film, this multimedia concert presents resilient visions of the future from four areas of the world: Canada, Norway, Mali, and Ukraine.

Transiting time and memory, this moving experience explores how history is erased, pressed, squeezed, altered, and attacked.  At the same time, it celebrates visionary artists resisting suppression and gives voice to works of enduring power.

In a world filled simultaneously with beauty and horror, the need for reparation and reconciliation has never been greater.

Respecting the richness and complexity of our diverse human family empowers healing.

This performance is in honour of this.


3 December 2023
starts at 4:00 pm


Victoria Symphony
Pacific Opera Victoria


Wingate Studio, Baumann Centre
25 Balmoral Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 1A7 Canada
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