Manotick Brass has created a special program to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Titled “A Canadian Odyssey” this program of all Canadian music takes the listener on a musical journey through confederation. Each province is visited in the order it came into the Canadian Confederation and is represented by a piece of music that reflects the culture or history of that province. A slide presentation provides visual enhancement of the music.
“A Canadian Odyssey” brings together a wide range of Canadian music with compositions from the mid 1800s to a new commissioned work by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew. Titled “Aurora” the piece is a vivid musical description of the Aurora Borealis which is so visible over the northern prairies.
The program also includes many special arrangements commissioned for the occasion. These include “Cathedral Grove” by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley. This beautiful piece pays tribute to the heritage old growth forest on Vancouver Island.
Ottawa composer E. F. Lloyd Hiscock is represented by a number of arrangements including a selection of Newfoundland Fishing Songs, “The March and Ride of the RCMP” and “Pas Redouble” a concert piece by Quebec composer Antoine Dessane which couples “Vive La Canadienne” with “God Save the Queen”. Other selections in the program include Alberta Cowboy Songs and a selection from the musical “Anne of Green Gables” and “Yukon Quest” which describes a long distance dog sled race.
The premier performance of “A Canadian Odyssey” will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday June 24, 2017 at Knox Presbyterian Church 5533 Dickinson Street, Manotick ON. Tickets $15.00 are available by calling 613 822 8749