A Choral Perspective of Canada’s Indigenous Veterans
TMC welcomes guest curator Andrew Balfour for this program. Andrew, TMC conductor Simon Rivard, and Elder Dr. Duke Redbird will present a program that reflects on Indigenous experience through music, poetry and dance.
The centre piece of the program is Andrew Balfour’s Notinikew. Movements of the work will be sung by Andrew’s Winnipeg-based Camerata Nova and by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Andrew says of this choral drama:
Notinikew is an anti-war piece, an indigenous identity piece – a tragedy that speaks not just about World War I, but all wars and all indigenous soldiers. Why did these Indigenous warriors leave our forests and plains to enter a totally foreign military world and end up fighting in the midst of a true hell on earth?
The concert will open with the TMC performance of Andrew Balfour’s Ambe (Come in). Listen in the video section below.
Of Cree descent, Winnipeg based composer Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer, conductor, singer, and sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, and orchestral works, including Mamachimowin, commissioned by the TMC for its 125th anniversary gala.
Dr. Duke Redbird is an elder, poet, activist, educator, and artist. With a legacy stretching back to the 1960s, he is a pillar of First Nations literature in Canada, and has practiced a number of art disciplines including poetry, painting, theatre, and film.
A Dish with One Spoon, Duke Redbird
Ambe (Come In), Andrew Balfour
Notinikew (Going to War), Andrew Balfour
– Calling All Okicitawak (Warriors)
– Anthem for a Doomed Youth
– I Went to War
– Kookum (Grandmother) – Help me
Stolen Child, Duke Redbird
How they so softly rest, Healey Willan
In Paradisum from Requiem, Gabriel Fauré
Simon Rivard, conductor
Andrew Balfour, guest curator
Elder Dr. Duke Redbird
Cris Derkson, cello
Brian Solomon, dance
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Read composer Andrew Balfour’s commentary on his Notinikew.
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