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Five works have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and three of them feature King’s community members.
The award recognizes excellence in creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to the province in the context of national and international achievement.
King’s journalism professor Sylvia Hamilton’s poetry collection, And I Alone Escaped to Tell You (Gaspereau Press, 2014), describes the settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia. Sylvia was nominated by King’s humanities professor Dr. Dorota Glowacka.
King’s Director of Music Paul Halley composed and produced In the Wide Awe and Wisdom in 2017 with young Haligonian choristers. The music is grounded in Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with Paul’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa.
Ben Caplan, who graduated from King’s with a BA in History in 2010, Christian Barry and Hannah Moscovitch’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, combines music and theatre. The spoken text tells the story of Hannah’s great grandparents’ arrival in Canada in 1907 as Jewish refugees. The original music derives from Klezmer, Rock and Roll, Folk and Jewish liturgical music.
The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually.
King’s offers congratulations to all those nominated and thanks them for their artistic contributions.