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Lilies Day at the U of A

Edmonton’s vibrant arts scene offers the University community unique opportunities for learning, research and delight. This year, Edmonton Opera produces a new Canadian opera called Lilies, composed by Kevin March​,​ with libretto by Michel Marc ​Bouchard. Research units at the U of A are teaming up with Edmonton Opera to investigate the inner workings of the ​operatic creation.

The opera sets the story of Bouchard’s well-known play Les Feluettes, building on musical genres ranging from European art music to French-Canadian folk tunes. The Canadian Literature Centre and Sound Studies Initiative are exploring the sounds and story of this work during “Lilies Day at the U of A” on October 20th.

“Lilies Day” comprises two free events that are open to the public. First, the CLC hosts​ librettist and playwright Michel Marc Bouchard for a special​ reading in their Brown Bag Lunch​ series at noon on October 20th. Then at 2:00 pm, the Sound Studies Initiative hosts an interactive listening event exploring the musical inspirations behind the opera. This Sound Session is led by ethnomusicologist Dr. Julia Byl, and features Lilies ​composer Kevin March.

“Lilies Day at the U of A” is part of Edmonton Opera‘s community programming for this opera.

​For more information about Lilies day, please contact the Sound Studies Initiative (ssiresearch@ualberta.ca) or the CLC (clccomm@ualberta.ca).

For more information on other Lilies ​events in Edmonton, visit www.edmontonopera.com.

Interview requests with Michel Marc Bouchard and Kevin March should be directed to ​cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Michel Marc Bouchard
In collaboration with Edmonton Opera
Friday, October 20
12:00 PM
Rutherford Library South 2-09
Door prize and refreshments
All are welcome

 

View the Lilies Day poster here: LiliesDayPoster_Final

2016 CLC Kreisel Lecturer Margaret Atwood on CBC Radio One Ideas

CBC Atwood

“WHAT DID WE THINK WE WERE DOING…”
… we young writers of Canada?”  That’s a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton.  In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition.  Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian literature today…or the PowerPoint she uses to help tell the tale.

Friday September 16, 2016
CBC Radio One at 9:05 pm, 9:35 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hear it online: cbc.ca/ideas