Remembering WWI and recently slain Canadian soldier with “A Ballad for Canada”

Posted on: October 27, 2014

In Friday’s (10/24) Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Canada), Peter Robb writes that in London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 27 with Prince Charles in attendance, Pinchas Zukerman will lead a joint performance of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in “Canadian music that is very close to the maestro’s heart. The piece is A Ballad for Canada and it was the last work written by Malcolm Forsyth, the Edmonton-based, South African-born composer who was also the father of NACO principal cellist Amanda Forsyth, who is Zukerman’s wife…. The piece, developed by NACO and the Edmonton Symphony, was written and performed for the first time in 2011. It is built around five poems by John McCare, E.J. Pratt, Ralph Gustafson and Forsyth’s colleague in Edmonton, Carl Hare, and is broken into five movements.” The Oct. 27 performance in London is a symbolic evening: “Following the killing of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo outside the National War Memorial [last week], metres from the NAC, the NACO is dedicating all five concerts of its United Kingdom tour to the slain soldier’s memory.”

Posted October 27, 2014