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Xara Choral Theatre in Amherst on Sept. 10

Show to kick off Music at Trinity’s 2017-18 season

Published on August 30, 2017

Nationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble Xara Choral Theatre and renowned author Ami McKay have joined forces to create an inter-disciplinary performance called The Hours Turn to Nothing. The show, to be presented at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m, will tell the stories of midwives and nurses in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

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AMHERST – Nationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble Xara Choral Theatre and renowned author Ami McKay have joined forces to create an inter-disciplinary performance called The Hours Turn to Nothing.  

The show, to be presented at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m, will tell the stories of midwives and nurses in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
The historic blast is being commemorated across Nova Scotia in this centenary year. It killed almost 2,000 people and seriously injured another 9,000. Amid the many stories of death, ruin, and injury, it is lesser known that most pregnant women living within range of the explosion went into spontaneous labour from the force of the explosion, regardless of the gestational age of their unborn children.
Midwives from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and northeastern USA boarded trains within hours of hearing the news knowing that their unique skills would be needed.
The Hours Turn to Nothing is based on years of research undertaken by McKay when she wrote her award-winning novel, The Birth House. The show premiered in Halifax in April and has been touring the Maritime Provinces.
Featuring 24 singers, the work is shaped by seven ethereal choral pieces and six improvised soundscapes. It also includes text written by McKay and will be staged using expressive movement, costumes, and lighting. The choral repertoire includes two world premieres by Canadian composers Jenny Trites (Halifax) and Don Macdonald (Victoria).
This production is the first in the Music at Trinity 2017-2018 concert series.
Tickets for this performance are $ 20. Children/youth over the age of 7 and under 18 accompanied by an adult ticket holder will be admitted free of charge.
Tickets may be purchased at the Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church office on Ratchford St, or by phoning 902-667-8483 during business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).