From the  White Fleet Suite Premiere, November 3, 2023

White Fleet Suite Premiere

November 3, 2023, St. John's

The spectacular White Fleet Suite premiered in St John's November 2023 to packed houses and rave reviews. The premiere was attended by the Portuguese Consul General to Montreal, and Lieutenant Governor Judy Foote. 'Magnificent", "moving", "stunning", "a major contribution to our musical heritage." Plans are underway for a tour in Portugal in May ,and  a re-mount in St. Johns and central Canada in October of 2024. Recording  available soon-  May 2024. 

Join us for the Continuing Voyage of the White Feet Suite.

 A celebration of the Portuguese Newfoundland connection forged over centuries of the cod fishery. Featuring Pamela Morgan,(composer, producer) Duane Andrews, (musical director), Aaron Collis, Frank Fusari, Bill Brennan, Agnes Walsh, the Atlantic String Quartet, and musical guests from Portugal- Teofilo Cerqueira, Aurea Gomes, Zeze Fernandes. 

 

 

A Voyage Through Time...   Tradução em português abaixo 

The Portuguese have fished off the coast of Newfoundland for centuries. The White Fleet would often visit the port of St. John's to take on supplies or to shelter from the weather. They were a welcome sight, bringing their music, wine, soccer, language and friendship. Relationships were forged and treasured. We shared a common bond, hand-lining cod in some of the most dangerous waters in the world,  always at the mercy of the elements, and we opened our homes and hearts to these windswept sailors from far away.   

The White Fleet Suite is a tribute to those wooden ships and Iron men from those exotic and passionate times.  It is a musical presentation highlighting our shared culture and history, with traditional and original music, song, and poetry from NL and Portugal,  and visuals from archival sources and private collections.  

Music composed and compiled by Pamela Morgan, orchestration and production by Duane Andrews, poetry by Agnes Walsh, 

Video demo above to Overture, featuring Ó mar Salgado, by Fernando Pessoa; and foghorns from Ihavo and Cape Spear. 

Vintage footage from  Maria do Mar (Portugal, 1930); Newfoundland Cod Fishermen (Newfoundland, 1930), and NL footage courtesy of Amber Music. 

 

Uma Viagem No Tempo..

Os portugueses pescam na costa da Terra Nova há séculos. A Frota Branca costumava visitar o porto de St. John's para comprar suprimentos ou se proteger do clima. Eles foram uma visão bem-vinda, trazendo sua música, vinho, futebol, língua e amizade. Relacionamentos foram forjados e valorizados. Compartilhamos um vínculo comum, pescando bacalhau em algumas das águas mais perigosas do mundo, sempre à mercê dos elementos, e abrimos nossas casas e corações para esses marinheiros varridos pelo vento de longe. 

A White Fleet Suite é uma homenagem aos navios de madeira e aos homens de ferro daqueles tempos exóticos e apaixonantes. É uma apresentação musical que destaca nossa cultura e história compartilhadas, com música tradicional e original, canção e poesia de NL e Portugal, e visuais de fontes de arquivo e coleções particulares. 

Música composta e compilada por Pamela Morgan, orquestração e produção de Duane Andrews, poesia de Agnes Walsh, 

Imagens de cabeçalho cortesia de Jean Pierre Andrieux. 

Vídeo demo abaixo da Abertura, com Ó mar Salgado, de Fernando Pessoa; e sirenes de Ihavo e Cape Spear. 

Imagens antigas de Maria do Mar (Portugal, 1930); Newfoundland Cod Fishermen (Newfoundland, 1930) e filmagens de NL cortesia de Amber Music. 

A White Fleet Suite é um trabalho em andamento a ser estreado no Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's NL, em 3 e 4 de novembro de 2023. Manifestações de interesse são bem-vindas.

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