CHARLOTTETOWN - Confederation Centre of the Arts made headlines across the nation last summer when it staged the world premiere of the epic Canadian musical, "Evangeline." Now, as part of 50th anniversary of the national memorial and arts institution, the Centre is revisiting this powerful love story with the release of the official musical recording, Evangeline, featuring the songs and stars of the hit Charlottetown Festival production.
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Confederation Centre is revisiting the powerful love story with the release of the official musical recording, Evangeline, featuring the songs and stars of the hit Charlottetown Festival production. A special album release party will be held in the Homburg Theatre Tuesday at 1 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
A special album release event is planned for this Tuesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. Adam Brazier (who played Gabriel) will co-host a listening party and meet-and-greet that will include Skype appearances from creator Ted Dykstra and co-star Chilina Kennedy ('Evangeline'.) The album will be played in full in the newly-enhanced theatre and several members of the original "Evangeline" cast will be in attendance. CDs will be for sale and refreshments will be served. All are welcome for this complimentary event.
Evangeline's story is based on Longfellow's famed heroine who becomes separated from her betrothed, Gabriel, during the Acadian Deportation. Inspired by vibrant Acadian, Celtic, and Cajun music and melodies, this sweeping tale starred New Brunswick native, Kennedy, and Toronto's Brazier. Both acclaimed performers are featured on the recording alongside a studio orchestra.
"I have been a fan of the show and especially the music since I first heard it in 2005; it is haunting and incredibly beautiful," says Kennedy. "It is important for Canadians to celebrate their own stories and record their own musical albums. It happens so rarely and I feel lucky to be involved in such a special project."
Tracks include "I Only Hear Your Voice," "If It Takes," "Exhilaration," and "Our House," among others on the hour-long recording. Other original cast members featured include Josée Boudreau, Réjean Cournoyer, Terry Hatty, Susan Henley, Katie Kerr, Andrew McAllister, Marcus Nance, and Sandy Winsby. P.E.I. guitarist Chris Corrigan, a member of the original orchestra, is also featured. All music and lyrics are by Dykstra.
Confederation Centre served as executive producer for this recording, with "Evangeline's" original music supervisor, Bob Foster, and Dykstra as co-producers. The recording of "Evangeline" will be available next week on iTunes, on the centre's website at confederationcentre.com/evangelinecd, and at the centre's gift shop, The Showcase.