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Extracting Canadian musical treasures

Uniformed “tour guides” (dancers in disguise) lead the audience in a moveable concert through the historic buildings and artefacts of the Britannia Mine, once the largest copper mine in the British Empire, now an award-winning Museum and National Historic Site. An all-contemporary, all-Canadian concert highlighting the music of 11 composers, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral features the world premieres of Leslie Uyeda’s The Sex Lives of Vegetables – Volume III and Kathryn Cernauskas’ Pizza for beat-box flute.

A “New Music in New Places” Astrolabe Musik Theatre / Britannia Mine Museum / Canadian Music Centre co-production

May 15, 2011

Britannia Mine Museum (Sea to Sky Highway 99, 55 km north of Vancouver, BC)

Kathryn Cernauskas, flute
AK Coope, clarinet
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Heather Pawsey, soprano
Shelley Stewart Hunt, choreographer
Dancers from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Diploma program


Invective (from Altered Words) – Leila Lustig
Pizza – Kathryn Cernauskas  *
Hard-Rock Miner – Traditional
Way Up in the Monashee Range – Traditional
Peas With Honey – Traditional
Vocalise – Murray Adaskin
Petals and Bugs – Teresa Richert
The Jack Pine – Jocelyn Morlock
Oracle Stones – Leslie Uyeda
Elegy for a Calf (from A Sarah Binks Songbook) – John Greer
Fornax Chemica – Jeffrey Ryan
Aria of the Princess (from The Princess of the Stars) – R. Murray Schafer 
Windwalker – Elma Miller
The Sex Lives of Vegetables (Volume III) – Leslie Uyeda *
Deep Ground, Long Water – Norman Symonds
*World premiere

Where Mine Meets Music

The Squamish Chief – May 13, 2011
The melodic notes of Canadian music will reverberate through the Britannia Mine Museum during a concert designed to take music out of the concert hall and into new venues. [Read full article]


Music in the Mine
Northshore Outlook – May 11, 2011


Check Out Musik in the Mine This Weekend
News 1130 – May 14, 2011
[Read full article]

Photo credit: Tim Pawsey