Friday, October 30 in the Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery


As Part of All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery


The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Presents the World Premiere of




Free Performances at 7, 8 and 9pm (duration 20 minutes)


We commissioned Jessie Award-winning composer Joelysa Pankanea to write a cycle of songs without words for All Souls, and asked that it be related to the death of her father when she was 14.


The result is “The 5th Stage”; five haunting songs that examine the five stages of grief with no words, for five instruments and soprano, with a synchronized video installation. Performances are 20 minutes in duration.


With Dory Hayley soprano, Molly MacKinnon violin, Mark McGregor alto flute, Marina Hasselberg cello, Mark Haney double bass, Joelysa Pankanea percussion, and video installation by Diane Park.


Joelysa Pankanea’s original scores have been celebrated in theatres across Canada for over a decade.  As a composer, musical director and percussionist, her versatile abilities have taken her into the worlds of theatre, film, animation, and more recently, writing her own musicals.


In the realm of theatre, Joelysa’s unique composing and musical directing style have earned her multiple awards and nominations for a variety of categories ranging from Outstanding Composition, Best New Play and Outstanding Artistic Achievements.  A seasoned professional in her field, Joelysa has musical directed casts of up to 150 members and composed original scores for over 30 productions, most of which she also musical directed.
In the realms of film and animation, Joelysa was recently nominated for a Leo Award for her score for the dramatic short Hop The Twig that won CBC’s Short Film Face Off (5th season).  One of her more recent string scores for documentary film is featured in the stunning Cry Rock, by Smayaykila Films that continues to tour film festivals across Canada and the United States.
Throughout her career, Joelysa has earned the reputation of a prolific composer with the ability to weave her own whimsical and melancholic sound into any genre of music she tackles.  Always on the lookout for exciting challenges, Joelysa’s newest musical is currently in development (with generous support from the Canada Council).
Presented with support from the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and Mountain View Cemetery

The performance in Celebration Hall, October 30, 2015