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LAST LIGHT ABOVE THE WORLD

Nov 04, 2017 - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
  • Soldier
  • Chorus Niagara
  • Allan Bevan
  • Hailey Gillis
  • Colin  Palangio
Players:

Chorus Niagara

Narrators Hailey Gillis and Colin Palangio

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Soloists

Maeve Palmer, soprano

Lillian Brooks, mezzo-soprano 

Anthony Varahidis, tenor

Alexander Bowie, bass

 

Honour the immense courage of individuals on all sides of war in the premiere of Last Light Above the World: A War Litany. A deeply moving and dramatically thrilling new commission by Canadian Composer Allan Bevan. A powerful work for soloists, narrrators, chorus and orchestra. The power, the passion, the pathos, the poignancy of human conflict with the full-breathed emotional choral soundscape of Chorus Niagara.

Last Light Above the World: A War Litany commissioned by Chorus Niagara.

This concert is generously sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy, Rempel Electric and Niagara Casinos.

About Composer Allan Bevan

London, Ontario Composer Allan Bevan is widely recognized for the beauty, intensity and craftmanship of his choral music. Over the past decade his work has garnered many international awards in composition competitions and his works have been commissioned and performed by many noteworthy choruses including Chorus Niagara, The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Pro Coro Canada.

He holds graduate degrees in music from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary,  and he is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. Dr.Bevan has approximately sixty compositions in print, primarily in the catalogues of the Vancouver-area publishers Cypress Choral Music and classica Music Publishers.

Allan Bevan sets the stage for Last Light Above the World: A War Litany

"Last Light Above the World is a dramatic musical work employing the backdrop of World War 1 as resource and inspiration. Rather than celebrating particular patriotic causes, the work attempts to return to the Great War and consider the progress of the soul, and the psychological and emotional devastation of ordinary people caught up in it. The thoughts, cares, triumphs, and consolations of the participants and their loved ones is what the work is about."