The Wolf of Lafontaine: Song & Dance
ESO New Music

The Wolf of Lafontaine: Song & Dance

Curated by Alex Prior
Thursday, April 25 7:30 PM

Alex Prior returns to the Winspear Stage to conduct a provocative musical journey befitting his big personality. This concert will shine a spotlight on some of today’s brightest composers. Chronos Vocal Ensemble will be featured during several exciting pieces. Ballet Edmonton will join the orchestra for the ESO premiere of Ian Cusson's Le loup de Lafontaine - Suite for Orchestra in Three Scenes, which brings the legend of The Wolf of Lafontaine to life on the Winspear stage.

Program to Include

IAN CUSSONLe loup de Lafontaine - Suite for Orchestra in Three Scenes (ESO Premiere)
JOCELYN MORLOCKNight, herself (ESO Premiere) & “One Black Spike” for a capella choir
EMILIE CECILIA LEBELThey do not shimmer like the dry grasses on the hills, or the leaves on the trees (ESO Premiere)
STUART BEATCHChosen Family (text by John Barton) for a capella choir

Program subject to change.

This concert will include an intermission.

Featured Artists

Alex Prior, Conductor and Curator
Ballet Edmonton (Wen Wei Wang, Artistic Director and Choreographer)
Chronos Vocal Ensemble (Jordan Van Biert, Artistic Director)

Le loup de Lafontaine

Set to Ian Cusson’s Le loup de Lafontaine: Suite for Orchestra in Three Scenes, this new work by Wen Wei Wang was initially a co-commission from Dance Victoria and the Victoria Symphony, first performed with the Victoria Symphony at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC, in April 2023. Ian Cusson is a composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French-Canadian descent, his work explores the Canadian Indigenous experience including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures. His musical composition is inspired by Le loup de Lafontaine by Thomas Marchildon, a cautionary tale that takes place in the small French-speaking Ontario community of Lafontaine in 1902. During the time of Marchildon’s story, various settler and Indigenous communities lived in close proximity, yet rarely intermixed. Each had a deep mistrust of the other. When a wolf arrives, they unite (but at a cost) with the common goal of ridding the community of the intruder.

MUSIC Le loup de Lafontaine: Suite for Orchestra in Three Scenes
LIGHTING DESIGN Dorrie Deutschendorf

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.