Tales and songs: Library studying occasion pairs summer time reads with piano music – Regina Chief-Publish


Megan McCormick, occasions co-ordinator for the Regina Public Library, stands within the library’s George Bothwell Department the place the Sounds of Summer time Studying program is happening.

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For Megan McCormick, books and music go collectively like meals and wine.

“How usually are you sitting exterior in your patio studying your e-book (and also you) have the radio on?”

McCormick, occasions co-ordinator for the Regina Public Library (RPL), hopes audiences will get pleasure from a mixture of each on the third instalment of the RPL’s Sounds of Summer time Studying program Thursday night.


The “kickoff to summer time studying and listening” consists of library workers talking about their summer time studying suggestions which embody an total theme, whereas Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) conductor Gordon Gerrard tinkles the ivories with music matching genres of the beneficial studying.

“We decide 5 genres of books,” stated McCormick. “Gordon will play a tune and speak about the way it connects to the style, and workers will speak about a e-book that connects with the style.”

This yr’s theme is “various voices.” The 5 genres embody world, Indigenous, immigrant, teen and LGBTQ2 tales. McCormick stated the library wished to assume exterior of the field for this yr’s theme.

“The primary yr our lists had been ‘non fiction’ or ‘younger grownup,’ so that they had been fairly literal,” she stated.

Books to be featured on the Sounds of Summer time Studying sit on a desk on the Regina Public Library George Bothwell Department.


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The occasion, stated McCormick, got here from a longstanding partnership between the library and the RSO. The symphony already places on free live shows all year long at library branches.

“When Gordon got here to Regina we had been realizing he’s such a tremendous character and … an unbelievable performer,” she stated. “We (thought) ‘How can we embody what he does very effectively with what we do very effectively?’ ”

“Music is there to intensify our on a regular basis lives,” stated Gerrard. “Placing that into follow is one thing that I try to do.”

By means of analysis and exploring his personal repertoire, he’s discovered items to match every style.

“Probably the most well-known classical music composers that was queer was Tchaikovsky, so I’m going to play a chunk by him.”

Gordon Gerrard, conductor of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. 

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Listeners will get to listen to Gerrard’s songs on a grand piano, which is being transported from the College of Regina’s Conservatory of Performing Arts to the Bothwell department for the third yr now. McCormick stated a grand piano is crucial to the occasion.

“We’re not going to get Gordon taking part in on just a little keyboard or one thing, he’s a world-class piano participant,” she stated, laughing. “There’s just one place to hire (pianos) in Regina and June is busy for piano exams. So that you … assume out of the field on the place you will get a piano from.”

“The expertise of taking part in a grand piano (over) taking part in an electrical keyboard is vastly totally different,” stated Gerrard. “The vary of prospects that you would be able to accomplish is infinitely bigger.”

College of Regina piano technician Floyd Gadd defined a certain quantity of co-ordination is required to get the 1966 Yamaha, which hasn’t been used for public occasions earlier than, to the library.

“The legs are taken off, it’s set on its edge on a shifting skid, wrapped up in blankets, belted down and hauled onto the truck,” stated Gadd, including the method is completed with skilled movers in about 20 minutes.

Piano technician Floyd Gadd sits within the College of Regina Conservatory constructing on Faculty Avenue with the piano that will probably be used for the Regina Public Library’s Sounds of Summer time Studying program.


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He stated whereas it’s uncommon for the college to maneuver its pianos offsite, it’s joyful to be concerned.

“It means we’ve a possibility to take part in the neighborhood,” stated Gadd. “We worth our relationship with the music neighborhood, and we’re joyful after we will be supportive of occasions.”

For McCormick and Gerrard, the occasion is a deep dive into the world of story, with a musical twist.

“When you consider these concepts being introduced via the books, I would like individuals to consider … how they relate to our expertise in Regina in 2019,” Gerrard stated.

“How usually do you get to take a seat subsequent to a world-class piano participant and listen to him play?” stated McCormick.

Sounds of Summer time Studying

June 27, 7:00 p.m. George Bothwell Library Frozen yogurt and dialog to comply with



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