On 18 February 2014, Suzie LeBlanc (http://suzieleblanc.com/) performed works
from her new CD “I am in need of music,” the Elizabeth Bishop legacy recording,
with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (http://www.themco.ca/),
conducted by Maestro Anne Mason. On 16 February, the MCO and the McNally
Bookstore (https://www.facebook.com/McNallyRobinsonBooksellersWinnipeg), Winnipeg’s
famous literary haunt, hosted an interview between Maestro Mason and Suzie. The idea was to introduce people to the centenary CD project. Thanks to MCO for helping us spread the word about the CD and Bishop.
Suzie LeBlanc and Anne Mason talking Elizabeth Bishop
and "I am in need of music," Winnipeg, 16 February 2014.
"I am in need of music," the Elizabeth Bishop
Legacy Recording, has been nominated for 2014 East Coast Music Awards. See the nominations below or check out the ECMA site (http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/2014/awards). The ECMAs are part of East Coast Music Week, 2-4 April 2014, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Left to right: Suzie LeBlanc, John Barnstead, Sandra Barry, Aladsair MacLean, Linda Rae Dornan, John Plant, 6 October 2013
Congratulations to Suzie LeBlanc, the heart
and soul behind this project; to Emily Doolittle, Alasdair MacLean and John
Plant; and to all the amazing musicians who helped make this CD a reality. We are so proud of you.
Classical Composition of the Year /
Composition classique de l’année
Alasdair MacLean – “Silken Water: The
Elizabeth Bishop Suite”
Clark Winslow Ross
Emily Doolittle – “A Short, Slow Life”
Jerome Blais – “Rafales”
John Plant – “Sandpiper”
Classical Recording of the Year /
Enregistrement de l’année – Classique
Barbara Pritchard –
Duo Concertante –
Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Duo Concertante
La Tour Baroque
Duo – The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor
Lady Cove Women’s
Choir – Heart’s Delight
Suzie LeBlanc – I Am in Need of Music
I would also like to note that Emily Doolittle is back in Nova Scotia for the premiere of her composition"Seal
Songs," which will be presented at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax this evening. Congratulations, again,
When I saw this photograph I was irresistibly reminded of a fragment of EB's poetry first cited, I think, by Elizabeth Spires in her article "Elizabeth Bishop: 'The Things I'd Like to Write'", in The Gettysburg Review 5.1 (Winter, 1992), p. 67:
"The snow had a crust, they said, like bread --
only white -- it held me up but it would not hold her
she fell through it
and said she'd go home again for the snow-shoes --
and I could slide in shine and glare while she
on the [...]"
"Since the EB100 Blog became fully active (on 19 March 2010) we have received 5,683 visits from 3,720 people living in 85 countries. Something in excess of a thousand of you have paid us the compliment of making return visits! The mind boggles...
"We're enormously grateful for your interest and support. As the start of the centenary year approaches, we would like to make this place as informative, useful, and pleasant to visit as we can. To that end we welcome your comments on every aspect of what we're doing. What would you like to see more of? What might we do just as well (or even better) without? Please feel free to make your suggestions at the end of this entry.
"We also encourage you to submit your own "First Encounter" for our Monday feature -- Elizabeth Bishop's writing enters people's lives in very different and often intriguing ways, and we'd like to learn more about them. Please send them to bishopcentenary-"at"-gmail.com (and please replace the -"at"- with the @ sign when you write us -- we're attempting to avoid being harvested for spam).
"Once again, many thanks! -- JB"
[From an entry in the EB100 Blog for 9 November 2010 -- a lot of water under the bridge since then, folks! --- JB]
2017 PS: As of this morning, the EB100 Blog has had 273,274 visits since it was established.
I retired in 2014 after forty years of teaching Russian language and literature. I'm a past president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.
I am a poet, independent scholar, freelance editor, and secretary of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.
I am a professional singer who recently became a great admirer of Elizabeth Bishop's writing. I am also fond of walking and nature and I became involved with the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary because I wanted to have her poems set to music so that I could sing them.