When we speak of our "repertoire" we mean two things. First, and obviously, we mean the "stories" we tell, which include prose stories of all kinds, poems, songs, and anything else we think will amuse and-or intrigue our audiences. Second, we mean the "concerts" that we create, which are shaped bundles of stories designed to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. This section of our web site describes (or will when complete) our entire repertoire, both stories and concerts. It is arranged by year (see linked list at the bottom of the page), beginning with the most recent.
Revised July 7, 2015
Our 2015 Concerts
Note: where no author or composer is shown, the material is our own.
||For our 14th Summer Season we will feature two new concerts: A Pocketful of Mariposies (reanimating the spot made famous by Stephen Leacock, the great Canadian teacher, lecturer, political economist, historian and humorist), and Roads Often Taken (presenting a new mixture of old Voyageur Storytelling favourites and other pieces we have performed before). We will present these in our now habitual schedule of Country Supper Storytelling Concerts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings from mid-June to mid-September.
Details of these concerts are presented below.
For image credits, see below.
A Pocketful of Mariposies
April 9, 2015
|In this concert we speak about Stephen Leacock and give him ample opportunity to speak for himself, which he dearly liked to do. We also let his friends speak about him. Stephen Leacock was a man of such multiplicity of facets that several concerts would be required to do justice to them all. We select a few for special attention. Where dates are given below, they refer to the years ofpublication for pieces written by Stephen Leacock.|
A POCKETFUL OF MARIPOSIES
Elongating the Tale of Stephen Leacock
Ode to Leaky Steamcock, in the style of Ram Spudd
Welcome to Stephen Butler Leacock
Laughing the Laugh
My Financial Career (1895 & 1910)
A Morning Off (1943)
Talking the Talk
Education Made Agreeable: Lord Ullin's Daughter (1915)
The Unsolved Riddle of Women
The Great Radio Caper (from J.E. McDougall)
Walking the Walk
The Iron Man and the Tin Woman (1929)
Mariposa Song (tune by Sir Arthur Sullivan)
Boarding House Geometry (1897 & 1910)
A Study in Still Life: The Country Hotel (1910)
Singing the Talk
Ho for Happiness (Libretto by Leacock,1932)
We are grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council
for this concert and our larger Stephen Leacock exploration.
We adapted our cover image from two sources: a post card of the main street of Huntsville, Ontario (Paul's home town), taken some years ago, courtesy of the
Muskoka Digital Archive, and Canada Post's commemorative stamp of 1969, the one-hundredth anniversary of Leacock's birth.
The likeness of Leacock is taken from a photograph by Yousuf Karsh engraved by George Arthur Gundersen.
Roads Often Taken
March 20, 2015
|Every few years we like to do an "old favourites" concert, with a selection of pieces that people have said they particularly enjoy hearing or that we particularly enjoy performing, these two criteria being essentially the same. We have a distinctive approach to storytelling repertoire. These concerts say something about who we are and what we believe in. This one presents some stories, some songs (most from our "chordelle" repertoire), some poems‚Äîsome of our own stuff, and some created by others. (Chordelle, by the way, is the name we give to our fusions of new lyrics with old music, frequently from opera or operetta.|
ROADS OFTEN TAKEN
A Time to Walk ‚Ä¶ modelled on Robert Frost
Preparation (poem) ... P.K. Page
Lochinvar (ballad) ... Sir Walter Scott
Tumble Down (story)
Salute the Route (song) ... Sir Arthur Sullivan
Whip-poor-will (story) ... Robert Louis StevensonNigun Talmudei Besht (song) ... arr. Ben Steinberg
Kubla Khan (poem) ... S.T. Coleridge
Lucky the Labrador ... D. G. Donizetti
The Woodcarver and the Painter ... Traditional Mongolian
The Abduction from the Cooking Pot, or
Three Little Pigs, the Opera ... W.A. Mozart
How Fire Came (story)
Cinderella of the Snows (story)
The Wonder Fish (non-fiction) ... L.v. Beethoven
The Return of Lochinvar (sequel)
The Road Not Taken (poem) ... Robert Frost
The Spotted Hawk (promise) ... Walt Whitman
Home on the Bruce (campfire song)
Cover Image: Highway interchange near Ridderkirk, Holland, photographed by Mawijk, published by Wikipedia Creative Commons.
Links to Concerts from Other Years
(This page is 2015. If that's the year you want, you're already there.)
Voyageur Storytelling 2015
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