Due to the forward thinking folks at Wilfrid Laurier University, the premiere performance of my choral symphony “Babel” is now up on Youtube for you to see and hear. I’d love to share this with you. If you have 45 minutes to spare, click through to the video and watch. Here’s the link to the movie:
There is no scrolling text in the video so if you want to reference the words of Cori Martin’s beautiful and thought-provoking poetry, you can click on this link here:
How did the premiere go you ask? Very well. In fact beyond my wildest expectations. Laurier Music leaders like Lee Willingham and Paul Pulford are training up young musicians to face professional challenges with courage and commitment. I appreciate the diligence of all the students who threw themselves into this strange new work with skill and sensitivity. The string players at Laurier are particularly impressive. Under the tutelage of the Penderecki String Quartet they have obtained a polish and expressive spirit, yet play together as a well-practiced team. Thanks to the magnificent singers of the chorus, who tackled some challenging music, and the five stellar soloists Sarah Amelard, Midori Marsh, Jamie Groote, River Guard, and Dylan Langan.
I particularly have to mention the percussionists who are kept very busy in this piece, for their inventiveness and willingness to go the extra mile, creating some new and unusual instruments (look to the end of the first mvt for the big surprise.)
I am so glad we were able to capture this performance on video, and I thank Earl McCluskie and his crew at Chestnut Hall Music for their expertise, good humour, efficiency and professionalism.
My fondest wish would be to have another performance of the piece. I have now published it through the Canadian Music Centre, so you may click here to obtain the score and parts:
CMC Score and parts
You can download the score for examination, or you can purchase the full set of parts.
Since I am looking for things to do during my sabbatical year (2017-18) maybe I can come and help with the show?