Fun to get these new editions of The Man with the Violin. Korean and Portuguese editions coming soon too. But that’s not all that’s been happening with this book lately.
The National Arts Centre has big plans. The multi-talented composer Anne Dudley has been laying the groundwork for a musical treatment of the book — for orchestra, solo violin, and narrator. Normal – an animation/video design company from Montreal (who worked with the NAC on the beautiful and moving “Life Reflected”) will design a single-screen treatment of Dusan Petricic’s artwork as part of the show.
The Manager of Artistic Planning for the NAC Orchestra says, “It is our hope that the piece will be easily produced by other orchestras. I expect that it will have a robust life on children’s concerts for some time!”
The world premiere will be in February 2017 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the city where the true story of what happened when a world-class violinist (Joshua Bell) performed in a subway station and almost no one listened. (Joshua himself will be the solo violinist for the world premiere.)
The date for the Canadian premiere, which will also feature Joshua Bell, is yet to be announced. You can be sure to find out the details here, as soon as I have them.