Water – it is powerful, symbolic and beautiful. Water is intertwined with life. People have always interacted with the streams, lakes, and oceans on the planet’s surface – in industry, in recreation, and in the arts.
On March 5, 2017, at St John the Evangelist church in Kitchener, The Nota Bene Baroque Players will present a special multimedia concert, celebrating the Grand River, our region’s historic waterway. By exploring the Grand River in words, images, and music we come to realize that rivers all over the planet have much in common. Marianne Brandis, author of The Grand River, reads passages reflecting on rivers in general and on the Grand in particular, while Gerard Brender à Brandis’s wood engravings of scenes along the river, most of which appear in the book, will be on display.
Nota Bene Baroque Players will perform music written by Baroque composers inspired by water, including works by Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi. Original engravings, and copies of the book, will be available for purchase at the concert.
Of special interest will be the world première of a new composition, Bottlenecked, by collaborative Canadian composers Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan. Their work tells the story of the journey of a drop of water from its source to its final destination. The title of this new work alludes to the many possible economic and political issues currently surrounding water on both a local and global scale, including its protection, conservation, consumption, and control.
In presenting this performance art event, Nota Bene Baroque Players strive to foster a greater appreciation of the Grand River and its ecosystem. We also view this concert as an opportunity to reflect on issues surrounding water security which are currently under intense discussion, both in our region and globally.
STUDENTS: FREE (with ID)
Tickets purchased by phone or online will be available for pickup at the box office at the time of performance.