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C’est la vie ! Songs from Innocence to Experience


<p>The life cycle, from childhood innocence to old age, was explored in words and music at the <a href="" target="_blank">Glendon Musical Ensemble&rsquo;s</a> (GME) spring concert and the main event of its 2010-2011 season in Theatre Glendon on February 10, 11 and 12.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="342" /><span class="image_caption">Above: Lucas Dixon conducts</span></p>
<p>The evening&rsquo;s title, <em>C&rsquo;est la vie !&nbsp; Songs from Innocence to Experience</em> aptly summarized the scope of this ambitious concert, featuring nineteen songs and as many readings of French and English literary texts and poems, chosen by these dedicated and enthusiastic performers. And the participants were all the more impressive as they took turns singing and playing on several instruments, from keyboard to strings to brass and guitar. What a collection of multi-talented individuals, whose passion for music and the arts was amply conveyed in their choice of songs and level of performance!</p>
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<p><span class="image_caption">Left: Lesley Valiente performs "How Far Do You Wanna Go?"</span></p>
<p><span class="image_caption">&nbsp;</span>The pieces they chose encompassed music from the 1960s all the way to the present, with well-known songs such as Pete Seeger&rsquo;s &ldquo;Turn, Turn, Turn&rdquo;, Janis Ian&rsquo;s &ldquo;At Seventeen&rdquo;, Yves Duteil&rsquo;s &ldquo;Prendre un enfant par la main&rdquo; and &ldquo;Sunrise, Sunset&rdquo; from <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em>.&nbsp; Bill Withers&rsquo; soulful masterpiece, &ldquo;Lean on Me&rdquo; and the Beatles&rsquo; &ldquo;When I&rsquo;m 64&rdquo; were especially poignant in their message and their delivery. A completely different medium, a rap-like rage recital of Trent Reznor&rsquo;s <em>Hurt</em>, was performed with great feeling and skill by soloist Gina Brown.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="280" height="164" /><span class="image_caption">Left: The brass section</span></p>
<p>Interspersed with the musical pieces, the texts complemented the program and provided a variety of art forms which made the evening all the more interesting and enjoyable. It is worth noting that many of the French literary texts were performed by Anglophone students, whose level of appreciation and delivery in their second language confirms the bilingual excellence that is a hallmark of Glendon&rsquo;s campus life.</p>
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<p><span class="image_caption">Left: Guy Larocque and Charlotte Petrie sing "Une belle histoire"</span></p>
<p>The full program of the evening spoke of the maturity of the performers and, in particular, of the two student directors of the GME: Lesley Valiente, whose focus is on the choral group, and Lucas Dixon in charge of instrumentals. Yet, far from separating these two groups, it was evident how well they combine and work together, not only creating these special events for the benefit of the audiences, but also offering ongoing opportunities for a varied musical experience to GME members who are eager to take advantage of it.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="180" height="230" /><span class="image_caption">Left: Ashley Boyce sings "When I'm 64"</span></p>
<p>This year, as in previous years, the GME was joined by several alumni, some of whom travelled long distances to participate. Glendon graduate and former staff member Guy Larocque made the trek once again all the way from Ottawa, in order to join in the singing &ndash; in the choir and solo &ndash; as well as to play on a variety of modern and ancient instruments. Of special note was Larocque&rsquo;s rendition of <em>Le blues du businessman</em>, from Luc Plamondon&rsquo;s rock opera, <em>Starmania</em>, which expressed the existential angst of the middle-aged businessman searching to find meaning in his life. The GME even boasts a Francophone member from the greater Toronto community, Bahia Moussouni, who has been making significant contributions for a number of years by providing translations, participating in the choir and performing literary texts.<em>&nbsp;</em></p>
<p><em><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="191" height="215" /></em><span class="image_caption">Left: Bahia Moussouni</span></p>
<p><em>C&rsquo;est la vie !</em> was the culmination of this year&rsquo;s dedication and hard work by over 30 members of the Ensemble. It is clear that they value the chance to explore different styles of music and literature, work on a variety of instruments and to perform &ndash; opportunities that are important features of the well-rounded liberal arts education for which Glendon is recognized. Of course, the success of these events requires the involvement of many other individuals, beyond the performers. Among these, several received special thanks: technical specialists Duncan Appleton and Mat Kensett; Glendon&rsquo;s Coordinator of Artistic and Cultural Affairs, Martine Rheault; Associate Principal Student Services Rosanna Furgiuele and Manager of Student Affairs Aaron Doupe.<em>&nbsp;</em></p>
<p><em>C&rsquo;est la vie !</em> concluded on a note of optimism and joy with Jean Ferrat&rsquo;s much-loved <em>C&rsquo;est beau la vie</em>, bringing the audience to its feet in recognition of the full journey of life they made during the evening.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="229" /><span class="image_caption">Above: Adriana Kolijn and Christine Eamer</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>More about the Glendon Musical Ensemble </strong></span><br />The GME was formed in 1999 with the support of Glendon&rsquo;s Office of Student Services, Artistic and Cultural Affairs. It consists of dedicated amateur singers and instrumentalists drawn from Glendon&rsquo;s community of students, staff, professors, alumni and friends. Created on the initiative of a group of students, the GME seeks to foster and encourage the study of music, and educate members of the community about the timeless beauty of some of the world's most important musical heritage. The Ensemble consists of vocal and instrumental sections, the latter featuring a blend of modern and period instruments. Concerts and performances are made possible thanks to the continued patronage of the Office of Student Services, Artistic and Cultural Affairs, as well as a direct subsidy from Glendon students.<em>&nbsp;</em></p>
<p><em>Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny</em></p>

Published on February 15, 2011