Friday July 20, 2018
Sounding Thunder — 7:30 PM
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Corlis: Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow with script by Armand Garnet Ruffo (World Premiere)
Stravinsky: Suite from L’histoire du soldat
Montgomery: Masques of Canada Qualifications
Sounding Thunder is a musical journey into the life of the renowned Ojibwe WWI sniper and decorated officer of the Canadian military, Francis Pegahmagabow. Sounding Thunder uses film, chamber music, dance and drumming and draws upon the memoirs of Pegahmagabow himself, family memories, and historical sources to introduce you to a little-known side of Canadian history. Composed by Tim Corlis and written by Ojibwe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo, Sounding Thunder is a complex work divided into three acts, exploring Pegahmagabow’s early years immersed in the world of the Anishinaabe spirits, his extraordinary accomplishments in the trenches of WWI, and finally his political life as Chief of the Wausauksing Ojibwe and founder of the early Indigenous political moment in Canada. Sounding Thunder is produced and commissioned by Festival of the Sound.
Sounding Thunder is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts` New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Concert Sponsored by the Town of Parry Sound in Memory of Charles W. Stockey