Michel Gagn Joins forces with Victoria Philharmonic Choir for "The Spectre's Bride"

Tue, October 2nd, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Victoria – The Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) is pleased to announce

an exciting collaboration with artist Michel Gagn (Iron Giant, Insanely

Twisted Rabbits), and award-winning Canadian shadow puppeteer, Tim

Gosley (Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock), to present an exciting production of

Dvorak's Spectre's Bride on October 30th and 31st at the University of

Victoria's Farquhar theater in British Columbia, Canada


The choral group, lead by artistic director Simon Capet, will present

Dvorak's tale of a dead lover who returns to claim his fianc with a

live shadow theatre dramatization. Using the artistic skills of renowned

artist Michel Gagn, and award-winning puppeteer Tim Gosley, the drama

of Dvorak's compelling work will be cast in shadows on the walls of the

UVIC Farquhar theatre as the choir and orchestra perform. "We are

delighted to be collaborating with such talented artists of

international stature to give this work a new life that will enchant

modern audiences," said Capet.

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) is one of the masters of the late Romantic

era, whose well-loved melodies embody the folk traditions of his Czech

homeland. Dvorak's The Spectre's Bride, debuted to great acclaim in 1885

and for the next 20 years was one of the composer's most popular and

frequently performed works. But by the early 20th century it had faded

from play, largely due to an awkward English language libretto. Capet

came across the forgotten work in a London library nearly 15 years ago.

Inspired by the beautiful, lush orchestration, he vowed to restore

Dvorak's ghost-story cantata to "audience favorite" status once again.

The piece will be performed by a 65-piece orchestra and 80-voice choir,

along with soloists Ken Lavigne, tenor, Anne Grimm, soprano, and Bruce

Kelly, baritone. The performance will feature a new English libretto by

Mollie Kaye.

Kaye and Capet realized the haunting tale would be perfectly suited to a

live shadow puppet dramatization. They contacted Gagn, who immediately

showed great interest. "I thought the project lent itself perfectly to

my artistic sensibilities. Seeing my work in the context of a live

performance and having master puppeteer, Tim Gosley, bring the whole

thing to life is beyond exciting. This is the type of work that makes me

happy to be an artist," said Gagn.

The Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) was created June 2005, as a

non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to arts and cultural

innovation through the performance of high quality symphonic choral music.

For info and tickets, go to www.spectresbride.com. Visit Gagn's website at

www.gagneint.com. Contact Simon Capet at

scapet@telus.net or Michel Gagne at


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