Redshift Music presents THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC Performed by the Aventa Ensemble 9:00 pm, December 4, 2012 Vancouver Aquatic Centre (1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver) Tickets: $20/$10 (students and seniors) www.redshiftmusic.org
Redshift Music commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a one-of-a-kind poolside performance inside the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
On December 4, the Vancouver-based new music organization will transform the deck of the enormous indoor pool into a stage for Victoria's Aventa Ensemble, who will perform British composer Gavin Bryars' 1969 masterpiece, The Sinking of the Titanic. "[The Sinking of the Titanic] is one of the most solemn and haunting works I've ever encountered," said Jordan Nobles, co-artistic director of Redshift Music Society and producer of The Sinking of the Titanic. "With its cavernous acoustics and myriad reflective surfaces, the Vancouver Aquatic Centre is the ideal venue for this unique work."
2012 marks one hundred years since the "unsinkable" British passenger liner collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, resulting in the deaths of more than 1500 of its 2223 passengers. In the intervening century, countless artists have sought to explore the many facets of the historic maritime disaster including Bryars. Bryars drew his inspiration for The Sinking of the Titanic from reports that the Titanic's eight-piece orchestra remained on the deck, playing their instruments, as the liner sank into the sea. The multimedia work weaves recordings of survivors describing the Titanic's final moments with Bryars' evocative, hymn-based composition.
Nobles encourages interested audience members to bring their swimsuits and towels and listen from the pool. "You don't have to wade into the pool in order to fully enjoy this work, but it will certainly heighten the overall listening experience," said Nobles.
The evening will also feature video projections by Giorgio Magnanensi, and premieres of new instrumental works by Nobles, Magnanensi, and Jennifer Butler.
Aventa Ensemble (http://www.aventa.ca) was founded in 2003 under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood. The group recently completed its third international tour and is gearing up for its seventh national tour. The Sinking of the Titanic marks its first appearance in Vancouver.