Legacy Composer Film Series

CMC BC’s Legacy Composer Film Series celebrates the very first generation of composers to do something quite revolutionary — write Western concert music on the West Coast of Canada.

Made possible by a grant from the BC Arts Council, the films focus on five of these BC Legacy Composers: Murray Adaskin, Barbara Pentland, Rudolf Komorous, Jean Coulthard, and Elliot Weisgarber. Each of them contributed something unique, completely new and remarkable to the nation’s cultural mosaic, both through their body of work and the living legacy of students they inspired.

Produced and directed by Award-winning filmmaker John Bolton, the five short art films range in length from just over eight to fourteen minutes. Each film features a performance of a signature work by the composer juxtaposed against a storyline unique to that piece, the performers, or the composer.