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Date(s) - 21/01/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Church of St John the Evangelist,
Jane Cooper, Author; Cara Gilbertson-Boese, Musical Director; Joanne Moorcroft, Pianist; Ania Hejnar, Soprano; Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, directed by Kurt Ala-Kantti; Leandra Dahm, soprano; Taryn Redmond, soprano.
A concert to launch a new Canadian historical biography, The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna, by Jane Cooper. Under the direction of Ottawa musicians, Cara Gilbertson-Boese and Joanne Moorcroft, the concert will bring together contemporary Canadian musicians to recapture the lost voice of Bertha Crawford (1886-1937). Ottawa soprano Ania Hejnar will draw on her personal connection with Crawford’s story. CBC’s Laurence Wall will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Ambition. Fame. Betrayal. The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna, reveals the untold story of a gifted young woman from small-town Ontario, who rose to unprecedented success on the opera stages of Russia and Poland, only to be forgotten for eighty years. Tracking a roller coaster ride to celebrity that was ultimately derailed by broken trust, this new Canadian biography revives a singular voice, and reminds us how important it is to recognize Canadian talent and artistic contribution.
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