Pack your bags, we’re going on a musical adventure! Shall we go by air (To Tame the Perilous Skies) or by ship (Down to the Sea in Ships)? Will we
Pack your bags, we’re going on a musical adventure! Shall we go by air (To Tame the Perilous Skies) or by ship (Down to the Sea in Ships)? Will we go for A Weekend in New York or farther afield to Crete (Dances from Crete)? Will we seek wisdom in the desert (A Cry from a Dry Land, the premiere of a new work by Denis Nassar)? Whatever the destination, the journey itself is the best part. Join us as we explore an exciting musical world.
The Calgary Wind Symphony has commissioned Denis Nassar to write a symphonic piece for their concert on October 23rd “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!”. “I’m feel very honoured with the opportunity of working with the CWS and particularly with Dr. Jeremy Brown, I’ve always admired his work as a musician, professor and conductor. The concert program is amazing and I’m looking forward to this wonderful collaboration!” said Denis Nassar when talking about this project and his expectations.
In this piece Denis went back to his Brazilian musical background and rediscovered a vast universe of rhythms and dances that inspired him to write this piece. The exciting rhythms you will hear in this piece are typical of the North East in Brazil, a place that is known for the sertão (a very dry semi-arid region).
The people from the sertão have to face many challenges and because of that anyone would think that they would probably be a sad people marked by suffering. However, if you ever meet someone from there you will find out that it is quite the opposite, they are some of the most joyful people in Brazil, full of energy and hope. This characteristic of the North East region can be heard in their music as well which is quite energetic and joyful. In his piece Denis tried to capture this joyful and strong cry that come from “a dry land”.
Please join us with your family and friends for this amazing concert in the beautiful Rosza Center theatre in Calgary.
You can buy the tickets at the Calgary Wind Symphony website: CLICK HERE
(Sunday) 2:30 pm
The Orchestre Metropolitain in Montreal has commissioned a piece to Denis Nassar that will be in its form a symphony concert with narrator (similar to Peter and the Wolf by
The Orchestre Metropolitain in Montreal has commissioned a piece to Denis Nassar that will be in its form a symphony concert with narrator (similar to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev). The music will be based on the book Le Pelleteur de Nuages written by the Montreal author Simon Boulerice, and it features three characters: Elliot, his mom and his dad.
Elliot loves clouds, but he hates the white spots that have appeared on his hands and are growing a little more each day. At school, her intrigued classmates start asking questions. “Why are you changing colors? Are you going to go all white like Michael Jackson?
Elliot is ashamed of his discolored hands, but he’s also worried: How far will this go? If all my color fades, will I fade too? he asks himself. Thanks to his vivid imagination, the one his father affectionately nicknamed the cloud shoveler will finally find meaning and beauty in this difference.
Denis Nassar will be writing a piece that will based specifically on Elliot and his journey, and other two composers will writing two other pieces based on Elliot’s mother and father. The concert will feature three original compositions for full orchestra that will tell this wonderful story and inspire everyone.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity and project! I’m so excited about this collaboration and I’m having so much fun writing this piece right now. I can’t wait to hear all three pieces coming together at the first rehearsal and working with this fabulous orchestra!””
The world premiere and other two concerts were supposed to happen in February 2022 but had to be postponed due to a covid-19 outbreak in Montreal. For now, the performances are planned to be in April but the precise dates have not been announced yet. The concerts will be at the Maison symphonique and the conductor Geneviève Leclair will be on the podium for this program.
Bring your family and friends for this wonderful concert and stay tuned for the new dates.
Month Long Event (april)
La Maison Symphonique
1600 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2X 0S1