On Friday March 30, Good Friday 2018, The Fredericton Choral Society and the Fredericton Symphony Orchestra will present Antonin Dvořák’s ‘Stabat Mater’, one of the towering monuments of choral music, at Wilmot United Church, 7:30 p.m.

Dvořák’s setting of the 13th century hymn, ‘Stabat Mater’, which imagines Mary’s suffering during Christ’s crucifixion, was composed in 1876-1877, shortly after the death of Dvořák’s young children. “Dvořák rose above his personal challenges to create a highly sensuous statement of personal faith and belief clothed in symphonic robes, which culminates in a dramatic ‘Amen’.” (Quote from Michael Riley on Gramophone website.)

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Thanks to Roger Smith for this excellent photo of our orchestra.

Monday November 6, 2017 Fredericton Symphony Orchestra  presents 

"World War One in Film and Music: Battle of the Somme"

Pre-Concert Talk by Brent Wilson at 6:15 p.m. in the West Gallery of the Playhouse

Brent Wilson teaches military history at the University of New Brunswick, including courses on the Great War and war through film.

His talk will provide some historical context for the film, “The Battle of the Somme” by briefly describing the battle, how and why the film was made and used, and the impact it had on its audiences. 

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The film of the Battle of the Somme being presented by the Fredericton Symphony Orchestra may make people curious about  their own family member's possible participation in World War One. The information below may be helpful.

The New Brunswick Great War Project (NBGWP) at the Provincial Archives is an ongoing program to preserve and illustrate a collection of sources relating to this province’s commitment to the Great War (1914-1919). This project includes the names and vital statistics of approximately 32,000 soldiers and nurses of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) who are linked to New Brunswick’s military effort. The New Brunswick Great War Project http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/NBGWP/

Soldiers of the Great War: The Fredericton Soldier Biography History Initiative

Personnel Records of the First World War

Researching their family's First World War History

From Enlistment to Burial Records: The Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War

The Regimental Rogue: Researching Canadian Soldiers of the First World War