Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow, the story of Ojibwe war hero Francis Pegahmagabow, presented its debut performances at Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival and the Toronto Music Festival. The last performance will be at Ottawa ChamberFest July 31.
Mixing music, song, spoken word and video projections, Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow was commissioned by clarinetist James Campbell, Artistic Director of Festival of the Sound these past 33 years.
Of the performance in Toronto, John Terauds of The Toronto Star stated:
Campbell commissioned Sounding Thunder. It was a bold move, one that deserves its own standing ovation. Assembling some of Canada’s finest performers to make it shine made it even more compelling. If we can get this kind of art to mend the injustices of several centuries, maybe truth as well as reconciliation actually stand a chance.
Read the full review……..
Producer: Festival of the Sound
Artistic Director: James Campbell
Composer: Timothy Corlis
Librettist: Armand Garnet Ruffo (Ojibwe poet and Queen’s University professor)
Director: Larry Beckwith
Narrator: Brian McInnes
Francis Pegahmagabow: Waawaate Fobister
Deer-Spirit Woman: Jennifer Kreisberg
Special Guest: Jodi Baker Contin
Shaman, General Officer, Reporter, Indian Agent: Larry Beckwith
FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND ENSEMBLE
Mark Fewer, violin
Joel Quarrington, double bass
James Campbell, clarinet
James McKay, bassoon
Guy Few, trumpet
Rachel Thomas, trombone
Beverley Johnston, percussion
Larry Beckwith, conductor