Soprano Heather Pawsey presents unheard, a multimedia recital of new works for solo voice from Canadian composers exploring narrative experiences of women often silenced in literature, history, and mythology. Partially staged and framed within photographs by artist Maggie MacPherson, with performative costuming by Diane Park, unheard features the world premiere of British Columbia composer Jeffrey Ryan’s a cappella unheard songs with texts by Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose; British Columbia composer Anna Pidgnora’s Off the Voice; and R. Murray Schafer’s Aria of the Princess from The Princess of the Stars.
Heather Pawsey maintains a busy performance career in opera, chamber music, recitals and contemporary music in Canada, the United States and Europe. She is particularly skilled in the music of our time, with a number of world premieres to her credit, and in a broad spectrum of the world's languages, including Mandarin, Korean, Taiwanese, and Cree. Heather is regularly heard on CBC Radio programs including In Performance, Two New Hours, and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Recent engagements include Vancouver Opera, Burnaby Lyric Opera, Opera Viva, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver Island Symphony, the West Coast Symphony, and several recital series. Her work has been supported by grants from the Province of British Columbia, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Government of Canada's Canada Music Fund.