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The CSO presents “In the Footsteps of a Giant”

Posted on: Oct 25, 2019
On Sunday, October 27, the Concordia Symphony Orchestra (dir. Danielle Lisboa) presents “Brahms 1: In the Footsteps of a Giant” (3 pm in the Tegler Centre). The concert theme and title spotlight Brahms’s first symphony, 21 laboured years in the making as he tried to live up to the heavy expectation that he would produce a masterpiece worthy to succeed Beethoven’s 9th. The effort resulted in what one music critic called “one of the most individual and magnificent works of the symphonic literature.”
But a much shorter piece at that concert may draw more attention: “My Name Is Amanda Todd” by Canadian Jocelyn Morlock is an intense, inspiring piece honouring the legacy of the 15-year-old who committed suicide after years of being cyberbullied. Amanda’s message of tolerance and hope inspired the whole nation to speak out for mental health awareness. 
The concert is preceded at 2 p.m. by a panel discussion on mental health with representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Centre for Suicide Prevention.
Support will be available throughout the event. Content warning: discussion of suicide may be disturbing to some.
Free ticket for Concordia students, faculty, and staff available from Jennifer in A304.