In the course of a long career, I’ve been blessed to share profoundly the power of music both from the stage and as a listener. In my experience through the harp, it can speak to people on a level far beyond words and can open space for transformation. When I heard about the tragedy in Brumadinho in January this year, where more than 200 lives were lost in the collapse of a tailings pond and numerous bodies buried with little hope to be found ever again, my heart broke for those people left behind to suffer such unimaginable pain. Maybe the music and space we share on Monday at this concert will offer a few moments of calm and the space for them to experience the transformative power of love as they move forward, already feeling forgotten by the world. It’s my prayer and offering.
As Calgary blooms in early summer, thoughts turn to romance and that’s what this concert is all about. I am thrilled to be joining Luminous Voices for my first ever performance both with them and in the stunning new Bella Concert Hall. Besides delightful a capella madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi, the programme includes two major harp pieces. Benjamin Britten’s “Choral Dances” from his opera Gloriana is a set of colourful songs paying somewhat irreverent hommage to an ageing monarch. “Hesperides” by Malcolm Forsyth was composed in 2001 for chorus and two harps. Also full of whimsicle musical interjections and some rather racey 17th century poetry, this will be another fun “first” for me. Can’t wait!