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A concert for the Prairies: ALUMNUS composed "A PRAIRIE BOY'S LIFE" WHICH WILL HAVE ITS WORLD DEBUT ON FEB. 25 AT THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY. // Image: "Boy life on the Prairie" (1899), Wikimedia

From pages to performance, concert based on A Prairie Boy’s Life debuts Saturday

Thanks to a grant from the Canada Arts Council, pianist Laura Loewen is set to see her five-year-old dream become a reality on stage.

A Prairie Boy’s Life, composed by University of Manitoba alumnus John Greer, is set for its world debut on February 25 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The piece represents the joys, sorrows and beauty of life on the prairies. It reflects life in Manitoba, where the often-harsh elements of the Prairies force people to create supportive communities in which they rely on each other for survival, culture and entertainment.

“I started dreaming about this piece in 2012 and was able to move ahead with it when I received a Commissioning Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2014,” said Loewen. “We commissioned the work to celebrate the construction of our long-awaited new Desautels Faculty of Music building here at the University of Manitoba.”

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