The Fredericton Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of a special show called First World War in Film and Music: Battle of the Somme at the Fredericton Playhouse on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The orchestra will commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a performance of a musical score by Laura Rossi, presented in conjunction with the 1916 documentary film The Battle of the Somme. Composed in 2006 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the groundbreaking film, Rossi’s score as performed by the orchestra will give greater meaning and depth to the wartime footage featured in the documentary.
The Battle of the Somme is a compelling record of one of the key battles of the First World War, during which more than 24,000 of our soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing. The fallen from the Battle of the Somme were among the more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who lost their lives in the First World War. This film is the first feature-length documentary record of combat. It remains one of the most successful documentaries ever made, and has influenced the past 100 years of documentary filmmaking.
This performance is part of the Fredericton Playhouse’s Canada 150 Performance Series, which celebrates the milestone of our country’s 150th anniversary of confederation with multidisciplinary performances that reflect Canada’s vibrant performing arts landscape.
In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a free Experience More! Pre-Show Talk with Brent Wilson, starting at 6:15 p.m. Wilson teaches military history at the University of New Brunswick, including courses on the First World War and war through film. This presentation will provide historical context for the film The Battle of the Somme by briefly describing the battle, how and why the film was made and used, and the impact it has had on its audiences.
Tickets for Fredericton Symphony Orchestra are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.