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 ([email protected]) or the CLC ([email protected]).
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 [email protected]
CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Michel Marc Bouchard
In collaboration with Edmonton Opera
Friday, October 20
Rutherford Library South 2-09
Door prize and refreshments
All are welcome
View the Lilies Day poster here: LiliesDayPoster_Final