Award-winning Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman will release the much-anticipated Songs Of Freedom, companion piece to the 2015 film of the same name that was nominated for 4 Canadian Screen Awards, which documented Brueggergosman’s own journey and connection to her faith, family history, and spirituals; a story of discovery from her Cameroonian ancestry, escape from American slavery and arrival in Canada. Timing is everything and this couldn’t be a better time to share a collection of songs about emancipation, family, faith and discovery. As Canada approaches its 150th year of confederation, a longing to search for our roots and examine our historical paths seems quite natural.
“My exploration of traditional spirituals is a way for me to challenge my classically trained mind. It has helped me to become a better musician. It’s dear to my heart. My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in New Brunswick. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves. The reason the songs survived so long is because of their immediacy. They have the universality of a mournful yet hopeful existence. They have strength.”
Born in Fredericton New Brunswick, Brueggergosman is known for her dynamic performances and her resume is the envy of those twice her age that includes an epic performance witnessed by more than one billion viewers at the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall and the Kennedy Centre. Brueggergosman has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic in concert performances of Porgy and Bess, Angels In America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a program of Barber and Duparc with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to name just a few.