A featured piece for this special concert will be a newly commissioned work, by Composer James Wright. The world premier of Sleep Softly Spirit of Earth will be a highlight of the afternoon. Of extreme interest to people living in the county is that the lyrics of this new work are in fact based on the poetry of Al Purdy, the county’s poet from Roblin Lake, from a poem of the same name. The two choirs will perform this choral piece together, 100 voices strong. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between, the Prince Edward County Community Foundation in conjunction with Canada 150 and co-sponsored by Quinte Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.
A portion of the proceeds from this concert will go to support the A-Frame Association, a heritage group which supports new poets via Al Purdy’s cottage on Roblin Lake.