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Measha Brueggergosman with HPO
October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$20.00
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2pm
Gallery on the Bay
231 Bay Street North, Hamilton
Tickets $20 (available at hpo.org)
We will be on hand as HPO, gritLIT Hamilton and Gallery on the Bay present an afternoon of music and conversation with Canadian Opera singer, Measha Brueggergosman and members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Punctuated by a performance from Associate Concertmaster Lance Ouellette and pianist Justyna Szajna, Brueggergosman will read from her searingly honest and insightful memoir Something Is Always on Fire and have an on-stage conversation with Wendy O’Brien about not only her experiences with music, but also her ongoing struggle to balance her ambition for a life fully lived with the traditions and responsibilities she has committed herself to.
Opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman has moved audiences around the world with her unique gifts. Among her many triumphs, she has won Juno Awards, been nominated for a Grammy, sung to a telecast of over 3 billion viewers at the opening of the 2010 Olympic Games, and soloed in the great concert halls of Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. But her success has been matched by personal hardship. As she explains, “I believe I can now look back on my life and understand its trajectory, both the painful parts and the joyful parts. I know I have been blessed on a scale which is almost ridiculous, but which is pretty much in balance with what I’ve experienced in heartache.”
In this searingly honest and insightful memoir, Brueggergosman shares her experiences with music, but also her ongoing struggle to balance her ambition for a life fully lived with the traditions and responsibilities she has committed herself to. She reflects on the ups and downs of marrying young and the tragedy of losing children, on the efforts to understand who she has become in contrast to how she was raised, on how her health problems have changed her, on the psychological push-and-pull of being a performer and the unavoidable effects of consistent audience approval. Through it all, Brueggergosman has weathered the storms, bolstered by her faith and her family, and revelling in her appetite for music, food, yoga and sex.
Visit us at the book table to purchase your copy of Something is Always on Fire.
Can’t make the event in person? Call or email us to pre-order a copy and we’ll get it signed for you.