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Faculty of Music

R. Murray Schafer to attend world premiere of his composition at Laurier

Mar 21/13


Glen Carruthers, Dean Faculty of Music 519-884-0710 ext. 2151 or


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs Wilfrid Laurier University 519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or

WATERLOO – Internationally renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer will attend the world premiere of his work, Four Songs for Harp and Mezzo-Soprano, at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus Thursday, March 28.

In addition to the premiere, the concert will feature Schafer’s Theseus, performed by The Penderecki String Quartet (PSQ), harpist Lori Gemmell and mezzo-soprano Patricia O’Callaghan.

“Murray’s music covers such an enormous range of expression,” said Gemmell. “It is beautiful, powerful and outrageous. His new songs are deeply intimate, written for his wife Eleanor, and focus on love in its most delicate terms.”

Jeremy Bell, a member of PSQ said, “The work we will be playing is exceptional and the instrumental colours alone evoke an ancient time and place. It is exhilarating to perform Schafer's music and it will be exciting to have him present in the audience.”

Born in 1933, Schafer is commonly regarded as Canada’s greatest living composer. He has won worldwide acclaim for his achievements not only as a composer, but also as an educator, environmentalist, literary scholar, visual artist and provocateur.

The concert begins at noon on March 28 in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. Following the recital, Schafer welcomes audience members to participate in a question and answer period. He will also act as guest lecturer and discuss his piece, Hear the Sounds go Round, with Laurier students.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, contact Allan Keith at or 519-884-0710 ext. 4439.

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