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Inspirated by William Kurelek’s writings and paintings.

January 27, 2018

Pre show discussion 6:30pm; Concert 7:30pm

Produced by

Saskatoon Opera

Written by

John Greer, composer/pianist


Presented by Saskatoon Opera, an entertaining evening of Canadian song featuring John Greer’s recently composed “A Prairie Boy’s Life” which draws its inspiration from William Kurelek’s writings and paintings. The music is scored for vocal quartet and four-hand piano, and while it harkens back in feeling to the music of the Romantic salon, it is also filled with contemporary references. Snowstorms, softball, prairie crocuses, and an ecstatic chorus of mosquitoes are all brought to life with projected images of Kurelek’s renowned paintings as the back drop A delightful and beautiful tribute to life on the Prairies.


Also, as part of this concert, Shirley Elias presents A Prairie Girl’s Life. As both concert pianist and visual artist, Shirley demonstrates how the flow and rhythm of sound, color and design have entwined in a singular artistic journey.


Tracy Dahl, soprano
Monica Huisman, soprano
Rosemarie van der Hooft, mezzo-soprano
Jamie McLennan, tenor
Mel Braun, baritone
Shirley Elias, pianist
Laura Loewen, pianist
John Greer, composer/pianist



Ticket Information

Adults $30 / Seniors $25 / Students $20



U of S Campus, Convocation Hall
107 Administration Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A2 Canada
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