Opening Night with Alexander Shelley

Echoes of Childhood

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Alexander Shelley © Photo: Fred Cattroll
  • Elgar Suite from The Wand of Youth
  • Zosha Di Castri Dear Life, based on the short story by Alice Munro (adapted by Merilyn Simonds)
  • Mahler Symphony No. 4

World Premiere

Alexander Shelley opens his tenure with two different takes on life and childhood: Mahler’s symphonic setting of a child’s view of heaven contrasting Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro’s portrait of her own childhood as depicted in her short story Dear Life. Commissioned as a meditation on childhood and memory, Dear Life features soprano Erin Wall and the voice of legendary Canadian actor Martha Henry.


Performance is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.

Alexander Shelley © Photo: Fred Cattroll
Erin Wall, soprano © Photo: Kristin Hoebermann