Croall’s Zasakwaa: There Is a Heavy Frost

Thu, September 19, 2019
10:00 AM
video: Shelley Notes
Shelley Notes
video: Joanna G'froerer on Croall's Zasakwaa
Joanna G'froerer on Croall's Zasakwaa
Barbara Croall
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  • Andrew Balfour Ambe
  • Ian Cusson Dodo, mon tout petit*
  • Barbara Croall Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost)
  • Grieg Peer Gynt

In recognition and thanks for invaluable donor support, the NAC Orchestra and NAC Dance grant insider access to donors to audit a working rehearsal in Southam Hall. Often, an artist or member of the artistic team gives insights into the creative process and invites questions from donors. Seating is limited.


Ambe Anishinaabeg

biindigeg Anishinaabeg

Mino-bimaadiziwin omaa


Come in

Come in, two-legged beings

come in all people

There is good life here

Come in!

Celebrate the works of Canada’s Indigenous composers, with music by Andrew Balfour, Ian Cusson and Barbara Croall. Métis composer and long-time friend of the NAC Ian Cusson offers a moving new lullaby, and Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall greets the coming winter with Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost), featuring the NAC Orchestra’s principal flutist, Joanna G’froerer and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman.

It’s impossible to be a regular consumer of TV or film without having heard Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s wonderful Peer Gynt, written in 1875 to accompany playwright Henrik Ibsen’s five-act play of the same name. Acclaimed Canadian actor and singer Tom Jackson narrates the story of Gynt, a lovable but imprudent scoundrel who fantasizes that he might someday be ruler of the world. If ever a piece of music was written that perfectly captures the story it accompanies, Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt is it!

*Commissioned by the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Opera Company

Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission

  • Carrefour Composer Ian Cusson Duration: 2048

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