Between May 26-30, 2015 the culmination residency for Listen Up! NWT will take place in Yellowknife, with kids and teachers from Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells and Yellowknife participating.The project has been in progress since it launched in September 2014.
In November, composers Jeffrey Ryan and Carmen Braden undertook an epic visit to all six communities over the course of three weeks. Students in these communities had already written poetry based on the theme of The Four Elements. Ryan and Braden worked with the students in each school to give them basic composition tools to set their poetry to melodies.
The Grand Finale performance on May 30 will be the result of an incredible musical collaboration involving students, teachers, community members and an impressive roster of professional musicians, composers, writers, instructors and poets. The program will wrap up with a three day music residency in Yellowknife with The Gryphon Trio, Robert Kapilow and Jefferey Ryan, followed by a performance on the NACC stage that will also feature Carmen Braden and the Yellowknife Youth Choir with Susan Shantora.
Listen Up! NWT is produced by the Gryphon Trio and Chamber Factory: Works for Small Ensembles, in partnership with the Northern Arts and Culture Centre in Yellowknife. The project is also supported by BMO Financial Group.