Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Grand Tipi

...in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, is where the concert titled "Night on an Old Trade Route" will be held on May 24. The Grand Tipi is the largest canvas tipi in the world with 70 foot poles and a circumference that covers over 2700 square feet. This sacred place was first erected in 2007 for the 2nd Annual Cranberry Portage Art Festival and the 2007 National Assembly of the First Nations.

The concert, which is being produced by The Flin Flon Community Choir, a remarkable choir with a long list of accomplishments, will premiere the commissioned choral work of the same title, its lyrics from a poem by me and score by Jim Hiscott. Aboriginal and Metis music will be an integral part of this cross-cultural concert. More on all this as information becomes available.

Crystal Kolt also tells me that Mark Kolt is writing a beautiful score for my poem "Pictograph."

I've been invited to talk to the choir about my poem, which I will do when I return.

This is wonderful. I'm so excited!

6 comments:

Kimmy said...

this choir thing sounds great, Brenda! you'll be glad you said yes!

tracy said...

Very cool! Congrats, and I hope you can record it so we can hear it.

Ariel Gordon said...

Oh, B, what an evening! You must so so thrilled!

(It goes without saying that I'm going to try my hardest to be there...)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Thanks guys! Yes, I'm totally thrilled. I've already got my fingers crossed for good weather.

It would be really great to have you there, Ariel. I'll cross my fingers. Hm. I'm running out of fingers...

Paula Jane said...

I might have to make a trip up north for your choir! (I am safe in the big city, and am working on my porn voice for tonight.)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Glad to hear you made it! You will rock tonight! I expect a full report tomorrow.