Barbara Pentland and Aaron Copland
November 14 & 15, 2012 8pm
Telus Studio Theatre – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
The Turning Point Ensemble celebrates the centenary of Barbara Pentland with a remarkable professional public premiere (60 years after its composition!) of her 1952 one-act opera The Lake directed by award-winning director, James Fagan Tait.
With a libretto by the trailblazing Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay, the opera is based on the life of Susan Allison, the first white female settler in the Okanagan, and her experiences with the indigenous peoples, the land, and the sea monster.
The Lake will be performed in a semi-staged performance with the assistance of Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and soprano Heather Pawsey taking the role of Susan Allison. She is joined by mezzo soprano Barbara Towell, tenor John Arsenault, and bass-baritone Angus Bell.
Paired with Pentland will be the music of Aaron Copland, her teacher from 1941/42. Copland is represented by two of his early chamber masterworks, the vibrantly rhythmic Sextet for clarinet, piano and string quartet from 1937 and Vitebsk (Study on a Jewish theme) from 1929. The program is completed with the return from New York of the Grammy-nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas and a premiere of his new sextet Ascendant, a work dedicated to the memory of Aaron Copland.
Heather Pawsey, James Fagan Tait, Barbara Towell, John Arsenault, and Angus Bell appear with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
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