MEDIA RELEASE:REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM PRIZE WINNING WORK BY  KELLY-MARIE MURPHY IN CONCERT THAT CELEBRATES JEWISH MUSIC

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2022

REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM PRIZE WINNING WORK BY  KELLY-MARIE MURPHY IN CONCERT THAT CELEBRATES JEWISH MUSIC

 REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN: The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will perform a special musical selection by composer Kelly-Marie Murphy on November 26th in Regina.  En el Escuro es Todo Uno (In The Darkness All Is One) explores the impact of Sephardic music on cultures as the Jewish diaspora settled in Morocco, Tunisia and parts of Europe.  Murphy was awarded the 2018 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music for the work and the RSO concert is supported by the Azrieli Foundation.  Based in Ottawa, Murphy integrated Ladino songs with the themes of motherhood and childhood for the unique combination of cello and harp.  She will be in Regina to attend the orchestra rehearsals and performance at Conexus Arts Centre. 

Gordon Gerrard, RSO Music Director will be conducting the concert, and leading a pre-show chat with Kelly-Marie Murphy before the concert. When asked about his choice to include the work on the program, Gerrard said, “when Kelly-Marie writes a new piece, I always make sure that I hear it. We’ve played quite a bit of her music at the RSO. She creates unique and beautiful sound worlds in everything that she writes”.

The duo Couloir, comprised of Ariel Barnes, cello & Heidi Krutzen, harp will perform with the RSO.  Both Barnes and Krutzen are internationally renowned musicians as soloists, chamber performers and members of the orchestra.  “The idea of a double concerto for harp and cello especially grabbed my attention even before I heard it,” said Gerrard, “The piece has a tremendous energy, colour and warmth. I can’t wait for our audience to hear it.”

Along with the Murphy work, the concert will also feature the Symphony #4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler. This symphony is an accessible, entry point to Mahler’s music, being shorter than his three previous symphonies with an enchanting, melodic and cozy feeling. While composing in Vienna in the late 1800s, Mahler converted from Judaism to Catholicism so he could secure a job. Despite this, he faced antisemitism throughout his life.   “Even though Mahler had a complicated relationship with his identity, there is no doubt that he was Jewish,” said Gerrard, “His struggles and his triumphs can be heard in all of his symphonies.  This program is intended to celebrate contemporary Jewish life and experience with music that is both new and old.  Both Kelly-Marie’s concerto and Mahler’s symphony lift us up with undeniable optimism and hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

Concert will take place at 7:30 pm on November 26th. Capital Auto Theatre at the Conexus Arts Centre.  Pre-show chat with Gordon Gerrard and Kelly-Marie Murphy at 6:45 pm in the Theatre Lobby.  Reception to follow the concert with opportunity to talk to musicians and guests.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, through the RSO Box Office by calling 306-586-9555 or at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office.  $15 Tickets available for students and music fans under 30 years old.

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