May 17, 1988 | Soundstreams Canada
A Midwinter Night's Dream
Composer:Harry Somers
Librettist:Tim Wynne-Jones
Synopsis
Inuit Chief Moonwok's son Jimmy, returns to his Arctic village, after an exciting visit to Edmonton, just in time for the traditional Midwinter's Feast. Sensing Jimmy's boredom at the prospect of the celebration's traditional singing, dancing, and stories of the old ways, the village Shaman, Ai'o'u, casts a spell and sends the boy on a quest. Jimmy falls through a hole in the ice to the dark ocean floor, dry because the tide is out. There the choir of the dead hovers to claim him with the rising tide. Ai'o'u, however, enlists the choir of the Northern Lights to dispel the darkness. Jimmy escapes through a hole in the ice and returns to the village, no longer a boy but a man with his own wonderful tale to tell, and a new appreciation of the importance of stories in personal and village identity. 'Stories are,' in the words of Ai'o'u, 'who we are'.

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