Xara Choral The­atre in Amherst on Sept. 10

Show to kick off Mu­sic at Trin­ity’s 2017-18 sea­son

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Amherst News

Na­tion­ally ac­claimed women’s vo­cal en­sem­ble Xara Choral The­atre and renowned au­thor Ami McKay have joined forces to cre­ate an in­ter-dis­ci­plinary per­for­mance called The Hours Turn to Noth­ing.

The show, to be pre­sented at Trin­ity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Sun­day, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m, will tell the sto­ries of mid­wives and nurses in the af­ter­math of the 1917 Halifax Ex­plo­sion.

The his­toric blast is be­ing com­mem­o­rated across Nova Sco­tia in this cen­te­nary year. It killed al­most 2,000 peo­ple and se­ri­ously in­jured an­other 9,000. Amid the many sto­ries of death, ruin, and in­jury, it is lesser known that most preg­nant women liv­ing within range of the ex­plo­sion went into spon­ta­neous labour from the force of the ex­plo­sion, re­gard­less of the ges­ta­tional age of their un­born chil­dren.

Mid­wives from across Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick, and north­east­ern USA boarded trains within hours of hear­ing the news know­ing that their unique skills would be needed.

The Hours Turn to Noth­ing is based on years of re­search un­der­taken by McKay when she wrote her award-win­ning novel, The Birth House. The show pre­miered in Halifax in April and has been tour­ing the Mar­itime Prov­inces.

Fea­tur­ing 24 singers, the work is shaped by seven ethe­real choral pieces and six im­pro­vised sound­scapes. It also in­cludes text writ­ten by McKay and will be staged us­ing ex­pres­sive move­ment, cos­tumes, and lighting. The choral reper­toire in­cludes two world pre­mieres by Cana­dian com­posers Jenny Trites (Halifax) and Don Macdon­ald (Vic­to­ria).

This pro­duc­tion is the first in the Mu­sic at Trin­ity 2017-2018 con­cert se­ries.

Tick­ets for this per­for­mance are $ 20. Chil­dren/youth over the age of 7 and un­der 18 ac­com­pa­nied by an adult ticket holder will be ad­mit­ted free of charge.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the Trin­ity-St. Stephen’s United Church of­fice on Ratch­ford St, or by phon­ing 902-667-8483 dur­ing busi­ness hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


Xara Choral The­atre

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