Be Strong and Strengthened on P.E.I.

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Dale Sorensen will present a trombone recital with pianist Frances McBurnie on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Kirk of St. James, 35 Fitzroy St, Charlottetown, at 7:30 p.m. Also performed will be music by John Davison, Laurie Duncan, Gordon Jacob and Barbara York.

Naylor and Sorensen collaborate on emotionally powerful new music, recital Thursday

P.E.I. performing artist Dale Sorensen will present a trombone recital with long-time collaborator Frances McBurnie playing piano on Thursday, Feb. 25.

It will take place at the Kirk of St. James, 35 Fitzroy St., Charlottetown, at 7:30 p.m.

The centerpiece of the program will be the world premiere performance of Island composer F. Jane Naylor’s Be Strong and Strengthened for trombone and piano.

 Written for Sorensen, and created with a grant awarded by the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts on behalf of the department of tourism and culture, Naylor’s new work emerged from an intensely personal and emotional experience that she has chosen to share through music.

As Naylor writes in the program notes to the work:

 “An extraordinary experience happened on the 18 week following my husband’s sudden death. I had not been able to bring myself to go into his study.

 “One day when I was feeling particularly down and needing to be with him, I entered the room and eventually picked up a book on his desk. A handwritten note that had been under the book was facing me.

 “It said, ‘Be strong and strengthened’."

 Those words, and the experience, had a profound effect in helping her cope with grief.

 “I decided to share this story because there may be others who could benefit from these words," she writes.

 Naylor’s new music uses a motive that represents the devastating stroke that claimed her husband’s life, and leads the listener through some of the emotions she felt in grieving: loss, aloneness (not to be confused with loneliness), dread, some anger, anxiety.

 “These feelings are evoked through various compositional techniques, one of which requires the trombonist to create a rarely heard, ethereal tone colour by playing with part of the instrument removed,” a news release states.

  A different muted sound represents the appearance of the message; a march-like figure based on the rhythm of the words “Be strong and strengthened”, which leads the work to an uplifting and triumphant conclusion.

 The first performance of Naylor’s new work given by Sorensen and McBurnie tomorrow will be presented, along with music by John Davison, Laurie Duncan, Gordon Jacob and Barbara York.

 Admission is by donation to the Kirk Choral scholarships program.

 For more information, contact Sorensen at dale@islandtrombone.com.

 

 

 

Organizations: Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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