BU Choir to perform historical composition

Promised Land by T. Patrick Carrabré examines Prairie history through choral, percussion, piano and audio clips.

Brandon University composer T. Patrick Carrabré provides his take on the significant history that encompasses Canada’s Prairie region with his original composition, Promised Land.

On Sunday, BU’s Concert Choir and other performers will present Carrabré’s personal response to the area he as called home most of his life. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at St. Mathew’s Cathedral on 13th Street.

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“We have some very dark spots in our history and I wanted to use this piece to both celebrate this place and send out a cry for healing – what we now call Truth and Reconciliation,” the composer said in a press release announcing the event.

Written in 2006, Promised Land includes a soprano soloist, choir, percussion, piano and audio clips. Combined, the show provides traditional choral singing and speech alongside extended piano techniques and handmade bell strings. Drum singer and Indigenous knowledge keeper Debbie Huntinghawk will also participate.

Text from the narrative portion of the performance comes from various sources, including the Old Testament and the journals of European Prairie explorers La Vérendrye and Antony Hendey. Meanwhile, the concert will also include works by Scarlatti, Fauré, Rheinberger, Gjeilo and Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer.

“The choir really appreciated the chance to interact with Pat and receive feedback as we prepared the piece,” said conductor Andrée Dagenais, who helped Carrabré prepare the performance. “It’s wonderful to have the composer right in our building so we can ask questions and discuss interpretation.”

Admission to the concert is $12 for adults and $8 for students. Contact Dagenais at DagenaisA@BrandonU.ca or (204) 727-9743 for more information about the concert or about accessibility considerations.

– With notes from BU Communications

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