Songs for Murdered Sisters
Friday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Five years ago, Joshua Hopkins’s life changed forever when his sister Nathalie, along with two other women, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a spree that is now considered one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. In his grief, Hopkins conceived of this song cycle. Co-commissioned by HGO with Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, with music by Jake Heggie set to poetry by Margaret Atwood, this powerful new work, directed by James Niebuhr, is Hopkins’s way of honoring his sister’s memory and speaking out against domestic violence.
Songs for Murdered Sisters is dedicated to the memory of Nathalie, Carol, & Anastasia and Pat Lowther & Debbie Rottman.
White Ribbon Pledge:
Joshua Hopkins hopes that sharing this harrowing story through song will inspire other voices to take up the call in the future, providing hope and healing for countless families around the world who have been impacted by this global societal issue.
More immediately, Joshua challenges other men to own their responsibility to end gender-based violence. Please visit whiteribbonsisters.com today and pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.
Help Joshua reach his goal of inspiring 10,000 men to take the White Ribbon pledge by sharing your commitment with the hashtag #WhiteRibbonSisters.
|Jake Heggie||Composer and Pianist|
|Patrick Summers||HGO Artistic & Music Director|
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