Regina Symphony Orchestra Forward Currents Festival

Regina Symphony Orchestra Forward Currents Festival

March 2, 2018 at 7:00pm

Eagle's Ascent

Artist Talk – 6:15 PM
Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Dutcher, singer/pianist
Regina Symphony Chamber Players (RSCP)


Eagle's Ascent - at eclectic program that delves into identity and the unique experiences of different cultural groups. Indigenous artist, mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, and Toronto-based composer Jeremy Dutcher bare Canada's divided history in this concert.

Kevin Lau: Eagle’s Ascent
Regina Symphony String Quartet & Flute

One of the voices in the dialogue around Truth and Reconciliation that is sometimes neglected is that of new Canadians. As the face of Canada’s population continues to change, it is essential that those who are new here be included in our attempts to move forward. Kevin Lau is a Toronto-based composer born in China and now a Canadian citizen. His evocative work Eagle’s Ascent is a virtuosic tour-de-force for flute and string quintet intended to convey that feeling of buoyant wonder encountered during rare moments of joy (or dreams of flying).

Ian Cusson: Orchestral Songs on Poems of Marilyn Dumont
with Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano & with Regina Symphony Chamber Players

Marilyn Dumont is a Cree/Métis poet working out of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Composer Ian Cusson (Métis) has chosen six of her poems from her award-winning collection A Really Good Brown Girl and set them for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. The songs focus on the Métis experience of “half-ness” and existing between cultures; they optimistically signify this present moment in Canada, wherein—in the composer’s own words— “the rich diversity of our history is being recognized, acknowledged and celebrated.”

Jeremy Dutcher: Our Maliseet Songs
with Regina Symphony Chamber Players

Jeremy Dutcher is a trailblazer who stands at the forefront of the Indigenous Next Wave in Canada. His music shape-shifts between classical and traditional, between operatic power and the tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq Nation. Jeremy’s recent release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs), is part composition, part musical ethnography, part linguistic reclamation. The melodies come from the oldest known field recordings of the Indigenous peoples along the St. John (Wolatstoq) river basin, and are arranged by Lucas Waldin for voice, piano and chamber orchestra. Jeremy prioritizes the Wolastoqey language in his music with the hope of inspiring other young Maliseets to learn this endangered language.