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November 9, 2017, at 7pm
St. Paul's Church (29 Park St., W)

D’Arcy McGee: Bringing a Father of Confederation Back to Life

This talk and demonstration explores the assassination of one of Canada’s great historical figures, D’Arcy McGee. Artists today are still inspired by his fascinating and at times controversial story as demonstrated by two upcoming world premières in Hamilton:  a play written by Hamilton playwright Dermot Nolan and a chamber opera created by HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and librettist and Governor General Literary Award Nominee, Anna Chatterton.

In partnership with the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art (HAALSA), this engaging lecture delves into the life and circumstances that surround D’Arcy McGee’s rise and fall, as well as how his story has been brought to life by through theatre and opera. This evening features an aria from the Opera, Shot.

Presenters:
Abigail Richardson-Schulte, HPO Composer-in-Residence and composer of the opera, Shot
Dermot Nolan, playwright, It’s Morning Now
Anna Chatterton, librettist
Featuring an aria from Peter Bass (D’Arcy McGee) from the opera, Shot and a soliloquy from Michael C. Hannigan (D’Arcy McGee) from the play, It’s Morning Now.

Presented in partnership with: The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Dundas Museum and Archives.

Performance Support Provided by: The Dougher Community Fund

Admission is FREE. Pre-registration is required so please complete this form to reserve your seats.

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