Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Augustana Campus Chapel
4901 — 46 Avenue
Tickets At The Door • $20 General Public • $15 Seniors & Students
This recital features a trio of prominent Alberta musicians whose contributions have been noted within Canada and beyond its borders. Kathleen Corcoran, soprano, Tanya Prochazka, cello, and Milton Schlosser, piano, will perform a exciting program that features works from a variety of traditions — classical, folk-pop, spiritual.
Part of the evening, and a moment of pride for the Augustana Campus and its Aboriginal community, will be the première performance of a work composed by 2010 campus graduate and Métis composer Nicholas Howells. Entitled Crowfoot and written specifically for Howell’s former piano instructor Milton Schlosser, the piece celebrates the great Chief after whom the federal constituency of Crowfoot is named.
The eight-minute composition is a remarkable blend of contemporary styles and requires the pianist to also drum, chant, and speak one of Chief Crowfoot’s most famous sayings in Cree. As well, reflecting the Aboriginal tradition of community involvement in music making, the audience will play an active role in the performance. The work makes its international debut later this fall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of a recital that will be given at the Canadian Embassy’s Oscar Peterson Theatre.
Howells is but one of a handful of young Aboriginal composers active in classical music in Canada. He has written numerous other works, including a piece composed for a CBC Young Composer’s competition entitled Riel. He currently resides in Red Deer, where he is employed full-time as a piano instructor.
For more information contact Valerie Bailey in Augustana’s Department of Fine Arts at 780.679.1532 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.