Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents its first concert of Season 10: Notinikew: Going to War

Final preparations are underway for Chronos’ first concert of the year.
Chronos presents Andrew Balfour’s war oratorio, Notinikew; a powerful exploration first inspired by the stories of Indigenous soldiers who served in Canada’s military in World War I; facing the horrors of war while fighting for freedom abroad, then denied rights and freedoms at home. 

This powerful lament takes the listener on a moving journey through choral singing, dramatic narration, and traditional drumming and singing. Notinikew is “an Indigenous identity piece – a tragedy that speaks […] about all wars and all Indigenous soldiers,” says composer Andrew Balfour, who is of Cree descent, originally from Manitoba. “Notinikew was difficult to write but also magical and important. It is an honour to try, in my own way, to tell the stories of our people.”

Join us on Sunday evening for a preconcert talk with the composer at 7:00, concert at 7:30 pm.

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