Love is a Battle Field
ESO New Music

Love is a Battle Field

Curated by Cris Derksen
Thursday, April 20, 2023 7:30 PM

Inspired by land and sky, nature, home, love, magic, and spirituality, this is a special evening of 21st century orchestral music by Indigenous Prairie composers. Hosted by composer/performer Cris Derksen (Treaty 8), Love is a Battle Field offers insight into a rich heritage of storytelling transformed into unique orchestral sonorities, braiding traditional and contemporary together.

You are invited to attend a Prelude presentation before the concert, starting at 6:45 PM in the Upper Circle Lobby (3rd Floor). Musicologist D.T. Baker will be interviewing curator and composer Cris Derksen. This preshow talk is a great way to learn more about the pieces being performed in your concert.

Program to include:

SONNY-RAY DAY RIDER Blackfoot Sunrise (ESO Premiere)
JESSICA McMANN Muskwa's Mountain Home (ESO Premiere)
SONNY-RAY DAY RIDER The Blood Alchemist Waterage: Matriakii of Magic (ESO Premiere)
CRIS DERKSEN War Cry (ESO Premiere)
CRIS DERKSEN Love is a Battle Field (ESO Premiere)
ANDREW BALFOUR Pyotr's Dream (ESO Premiere)

Program subject to change.

This concert will not include an intermission.

Digital Program


Cosette Justo Valdés, Conductor
Cris Derksen, Cello & Vocals (ESO Debut)
Rebecca Benson, Vocals (ESO Debut)

31 - Admission Policy - Div Well Style

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39 - Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

The Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for many Indigenous Peoples. We honour and recognize the rich artistic, cultural, and musical traditions of the Cree, Nakota Sioux, Metis, Dene, Saulteaux, and the many more Indigenous communities that call this land we share, home.