Musicians from Festival of the Sound featuring James Campbell, clarinet
Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow
Composed by Tim Corlis, Written by Armand Garnet Ruffo
You won’t want to miss this multi-disciplinary musical journey into the life of the renowned Ojibwe WWI sniper and decorated officer of the Canadian military, Francis Pegahmagabow. Sounding Thunder uses film, chamber music, dance and drumming and draws upon the memoirs of Pegahmagabow himself, family memories, and historical sources to introduce you to a little-known side of Canadian history. Composed by Tim Corlis and written by Ojibwe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo, Sounding Thunder is a complex work divided into three acts, exploring Pegahmagabow’s early years immersed in the world of the Anishinaabe spirits, his extraordinary accomplishments in the trenches of WWI, and finally his political life as Chief of the Wausauksing Ojibwe and founder of the early Indigenous political moment in Canada. Sounding Thunder is produced and commissioned by Festival of the Sound.
The Festival pays tribute to the brilliant and beloved composer, conductor, author and teacher, Leonard Bernstein, on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. Composed in 1941-42, the Clarinet Sonata was his first published work. It artfully balances elements from Neo-classicism and jazz. The eminent Hungarian composer Béla Bartók created Contrasts (a trio for clarinet, violin and piano) in 1938, on commission from jazz great Benny Goodman. He based this humorous, atmospheric and virtuosic work on traditional Hungarian and Romanian dance tunes.
Sounding Thunder is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.