The Orpheus Project


July 17-20, 2014

The Cultch
1895 Venables Street (at Victoria Drive, in East Van) | google map


An immersive journey filled with musical and theatrical intrigue.

For millennia, the story of Orpheus has fascinated both artists and audiences.

The legend of this poet, musician, and prophet inspired the likes of Euripides, Virgil and Ovid, Monteverdi, Gluck and Stravinsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams, and Albert Camus to create some of their greatest work.

In 2014, Music on Main re-imagines the Orpheus story through a groundbreaking, immersive musical event.

Imagine roaming an entire theatre, discovering rooms filled with mysterious music and surprising interactions. Through creations by Jocelyn Morlock, Veda Hille, Cassandra Miller, James Maxwell, Barry Truax, Alfredo Santa Ana, Colin Browne, George Frideric Handel, and others, you’ll explore The Cultch’s dressing rooms and Historic Theatre, the backstage and the lobby.

Music on Main’s new site-specific event will reveal why Orpheus remains such a powerful influence in the 21st Century.

Conceived by David Pay
Amiel Gladstone, theatrical advisor
Adrian Muir, lighting design & production
Naomi Sider, design

Creations by
Louis Andriessen
Colin Browne
George Frideric Handel
Veda Hille
James Maxwell
Jocelyn Morlock
Cassandra Miller
Alfredo Santa Ana
Barry Truax

Featuring Patti Allan (host), Veda Hille (musician), Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Steve Maddock (baritone), Laura Barron (flutes), Mark Takeshi McGregor (flutes), Christopher Bagan (harpsichord), Matthew Davies (viola), Rebecca Wenham (cello). With appearances by Cassandra Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, and Colin Browne.

The Orpheus Project is made possible with support from BC Arts Council, Canada Council, The Leon & Thea Koerner Foundation, Grossman & Stanley Business Lawyers, Music on Main’s Board of Directors, The Georgia Straight, The Cultch.
Generously sponsored by an anonymous sponsor.