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To celebrate 150 years of Confederation, we honour the early explorers and settlers from France and the British Isles. They brought with them a rich treasury of folk songs – and wrote many more about their experiences in their new home. Our programme offers a selection, from both the old world and the new.
Whitney O'Hearn, mezzo soprano
Joel Allison, baritone
John Fraser, reader
Ludwig von Beethoven: Scottish Folk Songs for two voices, violin, cello and piano.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Old English Folk Songs for voice and violin.
Mieczyslaw Kolinski: Six French Folk Songs for voice, flute and piano.
Ernest MacMillan: Three French Canadian Sea Songs for voice and string quartet.
Gilbert Patenaude: Six Chansons du Détroit for two voices, flute and string quartet.
Alexander Rapoport: Four Canadian Folk Songs for flute, viola, cello and piano.
Selections from the letters and diaries of English immigrants Anna Jamieson and Catherine Parr Traill, missionary and linguist Fr. Paul LeJeune, and Marc Lescarbot of Champlain's 'Order of Good Cheer'.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the SOCAN Foundation for this production