Wednesday, July 18, 1:30 p.m., Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
The Canadian Singer Who Stole Polish Hearts
In January 1919, when the Warsaw Philharmonic put on a concert “In Honour of the Allies” who supported the newly-won independence of Poland, the soprano soloist who represented America was, in fact, the Canadian Bertha Crawford (1886-1937). Over a 20-year career, Crawford was a cultural chameleon, who used her singing to represent the British, Americans, Italians and French on stages across Russia and Poland. How did this woman who grew up in small-town Ontario, come to be an international opera star on the stages of Eastern Europe?
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Church of St John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa
The Canadian Nightingale Sings Again! Celebrating the life of a forgotten Canadian opera star
A concert to launch a new Canadian historical biography. Jane Cooper will read from The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna. Ottawa musicians, Cara Gilbertson-Boese and Joanne Moorcroft, will bring together contemporary Canadian singers to recapture the lost voice of Bertha Crawford (1886-1937).
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dominion Chalmers United Church, Woodside Hall, Ottawa
Our Soldiers’ Stories, sponsored by the Ottawa Public Library
Renowned historian Tim Cook, will read from the second volume of his series on Canadians in the Second World War, Fight to the Finish, and discuss his work and his most recent title, Vimy: The Battle and the Legend. Also enjoy researcher Jane Cooper reading the letters of Private Sully Goes to War: An Eastern Ontario Boy Writes to His Girl from the Trenches in World War One.