Where Waters Meet – World Premiere
Co-presented by Black Ice Sound & Yellowknife Choral Society on Saturday, October 12
with special guests Wesley Hardisty (Dene fiddler) and Aurora Chorealis (community
choir), Margo Nightingale (conducting fellow), and Carmen Braden (composer)
7:30 pm • St. Pat’s Church (Yellowknife)
Tickets: $35 at the door, $30 in advance, $10 for students.
Available at carmenbraden.com
Canadian Chamber Choir to explore new territory on upcoming tour
Concerts and collaborations will take place in Yellowknife October 9-15
In 20 years together, the Canadian Chamber Choir singers have
performed in nearly every nook and cranny of this vast country. But missing from an
impressive list of locations from Squamish to St. John’s has always been the Canadian
That will change next week, when the the Juno-nominated ensemble visits the
Northwest Territories for the very first time.
“The CCC is so pleased to be realizing a longtime dream,” said Artistic Director, Dr. Julia
Davids. “Yellowknife is a vibrant singing community and it will be an honour to work with some outstanding artists, both individuals and ensembles.”
Local composer Carmen Braden and her company, Black Ice Sound, have been
instrumental in bringing the 24-person choir northward, with assistance from Yellowknife Choral Society and conductor Margo Nightingale.
Braden’s newest piece, Where Waters Meet, was commissioned by the CCC and will
premiere on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 pm at St. Pat’s Church. The multi-movement
composition showcases the work of Ojibwe/South Asian poet Yolanda Bonnell and
explores various Canadian perspectives on water and water security.
“At the places where waters meet, there is turbulence. There is a mixing, sometimes a
muddying, maybe the waters get rough. And then the two waters move on together,”
explained Braden. “Where Waters Meet is a set of five movements that touch on water
in different ways but that come from a blood-deep knowledge that we all need water, are
made of water, and have impacts on water.”
In final creative rehearsals, the CCC will partner with Dene fiddler Wesley Hardisty in
bringing Braden’s score to performance. The 15-minute work will be unveiled alongside
a dynamic program of all-Canadian repertoire that features both emerging and
established composers. Aurora Chorealis will appear as special guests.
The Canadian Chamber Choir was founded in 1999 and is comprised of singers from
coast to coast. As Canada’s only professional choir with national representation, the
CCC’s geographical spread allows it only to undertake up to three residencies per year,
each to a different region of the country. In tandem with the organization’s commitment
to offer audiences engaging, musically dynamic performances, the CCC singers are
recognized leaders and innovators in choral education and community engagement.
As part of its initiatives for singers of all ages and stages, the CCC will present
workshops in Yellowknife for Aurora Chorealis, Fireweed Children’s Chorus and
students at Sir John Franklin High School. They will also mentor three Apprentice
Singers: Raven Mutford, Anna Pontin and Olivia Rockwell, while several local
conductors will benefit from the tutelage of the CCC’s artistic team.
Nightingale, in addition to her duties with Aurora Chorealis, has been invited to serve as
the CCC’s Conducting Fellow and will guest conduct the ensemble for a brief tour of
Edmonton October 15-19 following its appearances in Yellowknife.
For more information on the Canadian Chamber Choir, visit canadianchamberchoir.ca.
The CCC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts,
SOCAN Foundation, Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, and FACTOR (The Foundation
Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings).