Feb. 10, 2009
OTTAWA, Ont. (CNB) - The public is invited to attend a reading of selected poems by Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The reading will be in honour of New Brunswick's 225th anniversary, and will take place on the final day of a New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude.
The event is being presented by the Théâtre l'Escaouette, the National Arts Centre, the National Capital Commission, the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission, and the Government of New Brunswick.
The program features 60 minutes of poetry and play readings, film screenings, as well as classical music performed by two musicians from the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Ottawa pianist Jean Desmarais.
Chiasson, an Acadian author and multidisciplinary artist, has made his mark on Canada's arts and culture scene. His work will be read by actors Annick Léger, Pierre Simpson, and Alain Doom.
The readings will alternate with performances of Poème, Op. 25 by Chausson, and the Nocturne in C Sharp Minor by Chopin, with Jessica Linnebach on violin and Jean Desmarais on piano. Schumann's Three Romances, Op. 94, and Gabriel Fauré's Après un rêve, will be performed by Charles Hamann on oboe and Jean Desmarais on piano.
Artistic director Doom, professor and head of the Arts d'expression program at Laurentian University, will be assisted by Myriam Cusson, artistic and general director of the Greater Sudbury Book Fair. The stage manager is Dalelle Mensour.
The performance will take place in both official languages on the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage. Chiasson; Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard Albert; National Capital Commission CEO Marie Lemay; Walter Brown, chair of the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission; and other dignitaries will attend.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Bursey, communications, Communications New Brunswick. 506-461-0942, e-mail: Ashley.Bursey@gnb.ca.