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Suzie LeBlanc & Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Perform Hatzis


This week Christos Hatzis’ Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop features in a programme presented by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) and soprano soloist Suzie LeBlanc at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on 18 February. Led by MCO Music Director and Conductor, Anne Manson, Hatzis’ work features alongside works by Woljciech Kilar, Alasdair MacLean and Joseph Suk.

LeBlanc commissioned Hatzis to write Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop as part of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebrations in 2010. LeBlanc first connected with the work of American poet Bishop five years ago after finding a leaflet in the basement of a church on the Bay of Fundy. She felt strangely drawn to the little photo of the poet and set out to learn all she could about her.

Bishop (1911-1979) was the Poet Laureate of the United States in 1949 and 1950. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956 and the National Book Award in 1970 and, in 1976, was the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The four poems by Bishop that Hatzis set to music in this work are ‘I Am in Need of Music’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘The Unbeliever’, and ‘Anaphora’.

LeBlanc has recorded and released Hatzis’ work, alongside works by Canadian composers Alasdair MacLean, Emily Doolittle and John Plant, on an album titled I Am in Need of Music with the Canadian Music Centre label, Centrediscs.

Find out more about this performance on the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra website.

Find out more about Hatzis' Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop on the Promethean Editions website.

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