“Atwood’s precise, heartfelt language elicited a profoundly empathetic score from Heggie; the music — tender and twinkling, haunted and sad — embodies a sibling’s love being forced to incorporate sorrow.” – The New Yorker
Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins performs Songs for Murdered Sisters, a deeply personal new song cycle that conveys the tragedy of lives needlessly lost, composed by Jake Heggie based on original poetry by Margaret Atwood.
Bookending the concert program is the Faust-Overture by Emilie Mayer and Brahms's furiously passionate Symphony No. 4.
Co-commissioned by the National Arts Centre and Houston Grand Opera, Songs For Murdered Sisters is dedicated to the memory of Hopkins's sister Nathalie Warmerdam, Anastasia Kuzyk and Carol Culleton, and victims of gender-based violence.
The Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County offers support to women who have experienced or are experiencing some form of sexual violence. They also offer support to family members, as they did for Joshua's family when his sister and two other women were murdered in 2015. Please donate to the WSAC to help them support our community
Emilie Mayer - Faust-Overture, Op. 46
Jake Heggie and Margaret Atwood - Songs for Murdered Sisters (co-commissioned for Joshua Hopkins by the NAC Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera)
Brahms Symphony - No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98