The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion performs its new score for the film, which tells the story of a native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.
Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world weave in and out of the original film, as does new music by composers such as Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The performance flows together as a seamless whole; Third Coast Percussion uses the existing music as a jumping-off point for the new music they compose.
Paddle to the Sea underscores the geographic, economic, and cultural connections in our shared waterways, and it also asks us to consider the human impact on the waters that allow us to transport goods, have electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook food, and quench our thirst.
$30, CMA members $27, children 17 and under free with purchase of adult ticket.