By BCcat on November 5, 2011 - 11:23am
Reflect: A Concert of Memories for Remembrance Day
What did the humble soldier think about, and aren’t their thoughts as important as the writings of Prime Ministers, generals and Presidents?
This was the question Diane Loomer, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir sought to answer while choosing repertoire for the renowned choir’s nineteenth annual concert for Remembrance Day. Reflect focuses on the longings and passions of these young warriors in their own words as expressed through diaries and letters to loved ones at home.
Reflect will follow the beloved form audiences have come to expect at a Chor Leoni Remembrance Day concert: It will open with Mike Sammes’ For the Fallen and close with The Last Post and Rupert Lang’s Kontakion. The readings will be carefully chosen, and no applause will disturb the overall mood of thoughtfulness and reflection.
The concert features the world premiere of Kathleen Allen’s The Blue Puttee, a commissioned work that incorporates readings from the diaries of members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Reflect also includes the world premiere of Greg Martin’s Gakuto Teishintai, a work based upon text from Kuroi Ame by Ibuse Masuji.
Several other works incorporate Japanese texts, including Larry Nickel’s arrangement for men’s voices of Hiroshima Lacrimosa (from his Requiem for Peace) and Ko Matsushita’s set of Autumn Songs. This focus on Japan ties into “hiroshima,” the powerful exhibit which opens October 13 at the Museum of Anthropology and features 48 large- and small-scale photographs by Ishiuchi Miyako of clothing and personal items belonging to victims of the 1945 atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
Reflect strives to reach across cultures and eras and illuminate the cares and worries of everyday men and women faced with the horrors of war, and in the process to reveal our shared humanity, regardless of uniform.
Chor Leoni presents Reflect
November 11 at 1pm, West Vancouver United Church
November 11 at 7:30pm Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
November 12 at 2pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
Adults $30 | Seniors $25 | Student (with valid ID) $15
Tickets online at chorleoni.org or by phone through Brown Paper Tickets 1.800.838.3006