New Canadian Composition PREMIERE

New Canadian Composition PREMIERE

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 19:30

Last Light Above the World: A War Litany by renowned Canadian Composer Allan Bevan

Saturday November 4, 2017 7:30pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Beginning its 55th season, Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present Last Light Above the World: A War LitanyThis premiere performance is a 'once in a lifetime experience' for audiences who will hear for the very first time the passionate and reflective new work by London, Ontario Composer Dr. Allan Bevan.  This new work was commissioned by Chorus Niagara.

Last Light Above the World: a War Litany is a dramatic musical work employing the backdrop of World War 1 as resource and inspiration. Rather than celebrating patriotic causes, the composition returns to the time period of the Great War and explores the psychological and emotional devastation of ordinary people caught up in it. 

In describing his new work, Dr.Bevan notes, "Last Light Above the World: A War Litany is my response to the loss of innocence and the great change engendered by the first World War, as well as the tremendous loss of human life in the apocalyptic event. So many young people lost, maimed, killed, families separated, empires ruined, an entire way of life changed forever at a terrible cost."

This brilliant and moving new work is centered on fictional characters, Victor and Frances, husband and wife. The roles are played by two actors who read texts alone and together and also in concert with the choir and orchestra. The composer notes, "Frances is a well-educated woman of considerable conscience and feeling, who is at odds with the war, and is anxious for her husband's well being. Victor is a youthful officer who has matured quickly in the theatre of war. He is scarred by his experience, offering his deepest fears and inner thoughts and reminiscence."

Allan Bevan has mastered the technique of sculpting a compelling emotional story line from real life historical evidence that touches audiences intellectually and emotionally and will have lasting impact. Chorus Niagara Artistic Director Robert Cooper notes, "Allan is a composer of enormous craft, wonderful textual sensitivity, expressive choral writing and who can compose with an extended emotional arc and a flair for the dramatic. His music reaches out and connects with both the singer and the audience. What more could you ask for?"

The concert features the 100-voices of Chorus Niagara, Soulpepper Theatre actors Hailey Gillis and Colin Palangio, orchestra and soloists.

Tickets are available from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre  BOX OFFICE 

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IN PERSON: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,  250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. L2R 3M2

Single Ticket Prices: (Handling Fee & HST extra) 
Adult: $43, Senior (60+): $41, Under 30: $28, Student (University or College with valid ID): $18
Child (Age 15 & under): $15, High School Student (with valid ID): $5

This concert is generously sponsored by Rempel Electric, Niagara Peninsula Energy and Niagara Casinos.

For more information contact Diana McAdorey, Managing Director or 905-934-5575


More About Ontario Composer Allan Bevan

Canadian composer Allan Bevan’s choral compositions have been awarded many significant prizes in Canadian, American, and European composition competitions. He is the winner of the 2002 Ruth Watson Henderson Award for his motet Peace, and he is a three-time recipient of first prize awards in the Association of Canadian Choral Conductor’s Composition Competitions for his music for treble voices and piano (2000, 2002, and 2004.) His To Morning, a composition for string orchestra was awarded the Member’s Prize in the 2006 Mozart-250 competition sponsored by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin of Moscow. Dr. Bevan’s Passion Oratorio Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode was selected as the “Outstanding Choral Work” by The Association of Canadian Choral Conductors at their 2008 convention and was featured at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Concerto Della Donna’s CD Parlez-Moi, a 2011 release of his choral works for treble voices was named the “Outstanding Choral Recording” at Podium 2012 in Ottawa.

Allan Bevan has been commissioned by many of Canada’s finest choirs including outstanding ensembles such as Chorus Niagara, Pro Coro Canada, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Richard Eaton Singers as well as by the international touring ensemble Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, known for their soundtrack for the film Les Choristes. His works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast across North America and in Europe, and Asia, and he has over fifty published compositions and arrangements to his credit. 

Allan Bevan has been described as “an extremely talented composer of ravishing sacred choral music” by The American Organist and as a “composer [who] obviously understands and is able to write for the voice in an uncanny fashion” by The Choral Room. Allan Bevan is a graduate of the University of Windsor School of Music and he holds graduate degrees in music from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.