Manotick Brass presenting “A Canadian Odyssey”

  • Knox Presbyterian Church 5533 Dickinson Street Ottawa, ON, K4M 1J3 Canada

Manotick Brass will be presenting “A Canadian Odyssey” to celebrate Canada 150 on June 24 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick.  This special program will feature all Canadian music including the world premiere performance of a new work titled “Aurora” by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew.  The composition describes the Aurora Borealis which is so visible on the wide expanse of the Canadian prairies in northern Saskatchewan. “Aurora” was specially commissioned for this program by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and the composer will be attending the premiere performance in Manotick on June 24.

“A Canadian Odyssey” is a musical journey which visits each province in the order they joined confederation.  A short narrative introduces each province and sets the scene and a slide presentation created by Manotick resident Brian Cromie which will provide a visual enhancement of the music. 

The program features several new musical arrangements commissioned by Manotick Brass thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick.  These include two pieces by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley, “Cathedral Grove” which describes our heritage old growth forests on Vancouver Island and “Yukon Quest” which captures the excitement of a long-distance dog sled race. 

The program also features “Alberta Cowboy Songs” by Edmonton musician Trent Worthington and several arrangements by Ottawa musician E. F. Lloyd Hiscock. These include “La Metisse” attributed to Louis Riel and “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to Frederick Harris founder of the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company. 

“A Canadian Odyssey” will be presented on Saturday June 24, 2017 commencing at 7:00 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dickinson Square, Manotick ON. Tickets $15.00 are available Knox Church, Manotick Office Pro or call 613 822 8749.

Contact: Martin Luce, 613 822 8749 or martin@manotickbrass.com