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The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has been celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday all year long with commissions in music, writing and art. During our 2017-2018 concert season, we are visiting communities across the province and performing "Sea to Sea", our commissioned musical piece by Canadian composer Howard Shore and librettist by Elizabeth Cotnoir. This special song celebrates Canada’s natural landscape and cultural diversity, and this season, talented New Brunswick soloists and choral singers will be performing it with us.

Our celebrations also include an educational component with participating schools across the province. Students have been discussing the commissioned music, art and writing of the NBYO’s Canada 150 project. In addition to “Sea to Sea”, students have explored the commissioned essay of former Lieutenant Governor Hérménégilde Chiasson and visual art piece by First Nations artist Natalie Sappier.

We are excited to visit with New Brunswick students this concert season to share in the celebration of our great nation.

Sea to Sea

Howard Shore

Howard Shore

Winner of three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards, Canadian Howard Shore is one of the most celebrated composers in the world. Over the last 30 years, he has composed musical scores for some of the most legendary films in the industry, including for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Silence of the Lambs, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Aviator. The NBYO is honoured, that in celebration of the NBYO's OH Canada: A Young 150! performance, Shore has written an original composition that will be performed by the Orchestra throughout the year.

Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman has been called one of the most dynamic leading sopranos of her generation. For nearly two decades, the Fredericton-born soloist has spanned the globe as the lead in numerous operas and performed with the world's most renowned symphonies. In 2010, Brueggergosman most notably performed the Olympic Hymn at the Winter Olympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver. In celebration of the NBYO's OH Canada: A Young 150! performance, she will be performing with the Orchestra during its special Canada Day concert in Moncton, NB.

Herménégilde Chiasson

Herménégilde Chiasson

Former New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor Herménégilde Chiasson has been a leading advocate for arts and culture in New Brunswick. A poet and playwright, he has helped to increase the profile of the Acadian culture through his roles at Radio-Canada, Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton and as a professor of the history of Art and Cinema at the Université de Moncton. In celebration of the NBYO's OH Canada: A Young 150! performance, Chaisson has written a thoughtful and reflective essay that examines the role that art has played in shaping our country since Confederation.

Natalie Sappier

Natalie Sappier

Artist Natalie Sappier- Samaqani Cocachq is known for telling the story of her aboriginal roots in many ways, through storytelling, writing, visual art and music. Her works are expressive and moving, capturing the essence of her Wolastoq people. Sappier is currently an artist in residence at Theatre New Brunswick where she is developing a multidisciplinary work entitled, "Finding Wolastoq Voice". In recognition of Canada's 150th birthday, Sappier will be creating a special visual art piece that reflects the voices of New Brunswick. She will express through Wabanaki (The Eastern family of Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot) symbolism. The movement of the artwork she will be creating will be inspired by the music of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and will carry a story of culture of all people of New Brunswick which will represent peace, friendship and unity.

Next Concert

Jan 12
Saint John, NB
School Assembly and Presentation
Friday, 12 January
TBD
Tickets: TBD

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