John Oliver, composer

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Children of Air India and conducting the BC Chinese Music Ensemble

John Oliver has been busy pursuing two quite different creative interests this past week. “I am creating a new poetic soundscape with BC poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar – a setting of the “Elegy” from her book length poem, Children of Air India (Nightwood Editions, 2013) about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 – and we’ll perform the work this Saturday night as part of the City of New Westminster’s NewWest LitFest. And Sunday night, I will conduct the BC Chinese Music Ensemble – my intercultural piece Eagle Flies to Mountain – at the Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver, a CD launch event.” ---
If you like books, authors, poets, and things literary, come join us at the NewWest LitFest. John and Renée Saklikar will perform on the closing Showcase event.
The NewWest LitFest festival will culminate with the LitFest Showcase featuring music, poetry and spoken work performances on
Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm
Laura Muir Auditorium at Douglas College.
All events are open to the public and are free of charge. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information on the presenters and event details, please call 604.525.3244 or go to

John Oliver will conduct his
Eagle Flies to Mountain composition commissioned and performed by the BC Chinese Music Ensemble at their CD launch event, Silk, Bamboo, and Maple.
Location : Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC
Contact : For tickets and more information: or 604-327-8807.
Date: Sunday, April 27 7:30pm
Admission: $ 25.00, Senior and students $15.00.

For more details, visit the event web page.