Regina Symphony Orchestra Forward Currents Festival

Regina Symphony Orchestra Forward Currents Festival

March 3, 2018 at 7:00pm

There Is My People Sleeping

Artist Talk – 6:15pm
Eekwol, hip hop artist New Dance Horizons Gordon Gerrard,
piano Regina Symphony Chamber Players (RSCP)

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Auditory meets visual in a program that coincides with the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s opening of Mixing Stars and Sand: The Art and Legacy of Sarain Stump. Muskoday First Nation’s Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight presents an insightful mix of musical textures with the RSCP. The RSO teams up with iconic creators from New Dance Horizons to present an original work dedicated to Stump titled, There Is My People Sleeping, after one of Stump’s profound books.

Eekwol: Ghosts, Waniska, Taken
with Regina Symphony Chamber Players

Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight is a Nehiyaw (Cree) award-winning hip-hop performing artist and activist from the Muskoday First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Her unique and astounding creations give back to her community by spreading messages of resistance and revolution, with the aim of keeping language, land and culture alive for the next generations. In the summer of 2017, Eekwol collaborated with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in their original creation, The Unsilent Project. In a similar vein, Eekwol will present her work, some on its own and some in combination with unique soundscape-like textures from the RSCP.

Alfred Fisher: There Is My People Sleeping
Gordon Gerrard, piano

As the Mackenzie Art Gallery opens their exhibit Mixing Stars and Sand: The Art & Legacy of Sarain Stump, the RSO teams up with iconic creators from Regina’s New Dance Horizons. Sarain Stump was an artist, writer, musician, actor and educator who made a major contribution to the art history of the Canadian prairies. Edward Poitras, a former student of Stump’s, will create and direct this dedication to Stump entitled, There Is My People Sleeping, after one of Stump’s unique books. This poem/art book has also been the inspiration for works by celebrated Canadian composers like Alfred Fisher.

Murray Adaskin: There Is My People Sleeping
with Regina Symphony Chamber Players

The great Canadian composer Murray Adaskin was also inspired by Stump’s work and particularly this book. He created this orchestral tone poem in homage to the literary/visual original. The performance will be combined with video imagery recreating some of the mystical elements of Stump’s storied life. Thanks are owed to Dorothea Adaskin for kind permission to have the work re-orchestrated for the RSCP.

Christos Hatzis: String Quartet No. 1 (The Awakening)
Regina Symphony String Quartet & New Dance Horizons

Greek-Canadian composer’s fascination with the rapidly vanishing culture of the Inuit people inspired him to create his significant first string quartet. Hatzis said of this work: “the solo cello melody following the opening section of the piece and its ensuing development are a musical affirmation of my faith in the divine and its ability to bring balance, resolution and simplicity in the midst of all the overwhelming complexity we have brought upon ourselves and others.” Robin Poitras of New Dance Horizons choreographs the work in an original and stunning presentation.