Laura Secord's journey from Queenston Heights to the British outpost at Beaver Dams, a now-famous event in Canadian history, is the focus of this opera. Music Niagara commissioned Canadian composer Mark Richards to write a 90-minute opera on the story of Laura Secord in honour of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The opera is to be completed in stages, the first of which included excerpts from Act I for voices and piano, which premiered in July 2012. The second stage was a workshop performance of all three acts, for voices and piano, with some staging, which took place on June 22, 2013. The final stage will be a staged performance for voice and chamber orchestra, originally slated for the summer of 2014 but as yet unproduced.
A pre-Première - Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
On the day of the 200th anniversary of Laura Secord's brave adventure, Music Niagara presented a concert version of the entire score of this work by Mark Richards, commissioned by Music Niagara. This June 2013 concert presented the completed score.
Concert Version of Acts 1 and 2
In the summer festival of 2012, Music Niagara presented a concert version of the first two acts of this new work-in-progress.
The Laura Secord Opera project is supported by Walter M and Lisa Balfour Bowen.Further information about the opera: www.laurasecordopera.com
For more information on musical events in Niagara, visit the Music Niagara website.
Visitors at Fort George can talk with heritage interpreters, taste food prepared over an open hearth in the Officers' Kitchen, witness a musket demonstration and explore the reconstructed Blockhouses, Officers' Quarters, Artificers Shop and Guard House. Through the Hands-on-History program at Fort George, you can also experience the thrill wearing a red coat and firing a musket yourself!
Brock's Monument will be offering guided tours of the battle site at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can also climb the 235 steps to the top of Brock's Monument, for the best view around!
The Friends of Fort George Gift Shops at Fort George and Brock's Monument will be offering a special 15% discount on Laura Secord books for this special weekend!
For more information on Fort George and The Friends of Fort George Gift Shop, call 905-468-6621, or visit
MUNCH A MORSEL AT McFARLAND HOUSE
15927 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Tel. (905) 468-3322
June 20th - 21st, 2015
Visit the Conservatory Tea Room at McFarland House and try a Laura Secord Cookie, a special period recipe to celebrate our favourite Canadian heroine!
Partners already committed to assisting the Friends of Laura Secord to complete this project include:
The Mitchell - McIntosh Family
...and the assistance and involvement of Niagara College,
as well as many agencies, organizations, and individuals who have volunteered their time and provided resources, expertise, and labour to make this project a reality. Without these generous contributions this project would never have gotten past the conceptual stage.
The 1812 Bicentennial provided an exceptional opportunity to celebrate a transformative period in our nation's history - but it did not end there. More than a mere celebration of historical events, the Bicentennial allowed us to reaffirm the importance of everything that makes Canada a great and distinctive nation, to reflect upon the events that gave rise to our unique national identity, and to commemorate 200 years of peace with our neighbours to the south. The Friends of Laura Secord organization will continue to use Laura Secord's story to draw Canadians and visitors from all walks of life together in celebratory events, educational initiatives, and legacy projects in the years ahead.
It is easy to take for granted the quiet distinctiveness and enviable integrity of Canadian society. Understanding how that distinctiveness arose is critical to preserving and protecting it. Laura Secord's pivotal role in our national saga has inspired millions of Canadians over the years, and will continue to do so well into the future.
We would like to invite you to take a leading role in supporting this exceptional unifying public initiative, indelibly associating your personal or corporate identity with this positive and enduring celebration of Canadian heritage and values.
INSTITUTIONAL AND CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS are welcomed in any amount, and are recognized with both tax credit and appropriate representation of your brand or logo on our website and promotional materials.
INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS are also welcomed.
In all cases, tax receipts will be issued for donations over $50.00.
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The Friends of Laura Secord
P.O. Box 509
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Thank you for your assistance!