NACO premiere: four composers’ musical portraits of Canadian women

Posted on: May 19, 2016

On May 19, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Life Reflected, a single work encompassing musical portraits of four Canadian women, as told through compositions by four Canadian composers. Zosha Di Castri’s Dear Life is based on a semi-autobiographical short story by Alice Munro; Jocelyn Morlock’s My Name Is Amanda Todd focuses on the title character’s suicide at age fifteen following bullying; Nicole Lizee’s Bondarsphere traces Dr. Roberta Bondar’s life as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, and photographer; and John Estacio’s I Lost My Talk is based on a poem by poet Rita Joe about her painful experience at Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia. NACO Music Director Alexander Shelley will conduct, and there will be an accompanying multimedia presentation produced by Canadian director/choreographer Donna Feore. Among the performers and multimedia artists involved in the premiere are soprano Erin Wall, photographer Larry Towell, filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete, and the Montreal-based visual-design company Normal.

Posted May 19, 2016