A BOOK OF POEMS: EXPRESSIONS FROM OUR YOUTH SET TO MUSIC AND SONG
COSTI is proud to announce the premiere performance of Another Day, a new song cycle by Abigail Richardson-Schulte. The performance will be released on video at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 22, 2022 through Picanto.ca.
The Another Day cycle was commissioned in 2019 by Canadian Art Song Project (CASP) and Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) for the Jeunesses Musicales Canada 2019-2020 Maureen Forrester recital tour. Due to the pandemic, the planned tour had to be cancelled, so CASP and JMC collaborated to premiere the new work on video.
This third and final commission for the Maureen Forrester Prize is inspired by the poetry of children reflecting on the experiences of refugees. In 2009 the UNHCR Toronto office (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and COSTI Immigrant Services organized the first Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest in commemoration of World Refugee Day. In 2011, several years of winning poems were published in a collection entitled “A Book of Poems: Expressions from our Youth” Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte sets six of these poems in this powerful work.
The Song and Poets:
Someone Else's Work
Roberta Bondar Public School, Grade 6, Age 12
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Grade 11, Age 17
Pope John Paul II, Grade 6, Age 11
Just One Word
Homelands Senior Public School, Grade 8, Age 13
Marc Garneau Colleagiate Institute, Grade 10, Age 15
Havergal College, Grade 10, Age 16
To learn more about the performers and the Canadian Art Song Project, visit ANOTHER DAY video premiere | Canadian Art Song Project.
Please remember to come back on February 22nd and click on this link to watch the video premiere. Please note that the link will not be live until February 22nd.
Special thanks to Canadian Art Song Project for encouraging donations towards COSTI’s work,