My Qualchan Opera is two thirds finished with 60 minutes of music, lyrics and keyboard accompaniment. The opera starts with the antics of Qualchan’s grandfather, Ky-yi-yah, who steals a race horse, then steals the chief’s daughter and they run away. The great chief Kamiakin and his brother Owhi are born and then Owhi’s son Qualchan is born and grows up to be a great warrior. Governor Stevens demands the Indians sell their lands for white settlement and move to a reservation or be destroyed. The Indians decide to resist and Qualchan quickly becomes noted for his bravery and fighting skills. At the same time, he is courting the beautiful Whist-alks and trying to live a normal life but they are dragged down into the maelstrom of war and chaos. Stay tuned for further developments.
Movie Review - Bridget Jones’ Baby – This film stars Renée Zellweger, the charming, talented actress whose character Bridget has a fling with two lovers and gets pregnant but doesn’t know who the father is. The premise that a single girl can get pregnant and have to choose between a successful attorney and a billionaire Internet mogul with no serious consequences except the birth of a beautiful child is an interesting fantasy, but Zellweger manages to rescue this film with her charm and make the movie interesting.
Award nomination - I was honored by being nominated for the 2016 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, although not actually chosen. The ceremony giving out the Awards will be 10/13/2016 at the 6 pm at the Hagadone Events Center and I will be there to cheer on the winners.
Restaurant Review – We went to the Cracker Barrel in Coeur d’Alene again and the food was excellent and the price was very reasonable. This is now my favorite restaurant in North Idaho and Eastern Washington.
TV Review – We have been watching to TV series on Netflix: Longmire is about a sheriff in Wyoming who is both an intelligent investigator as well as a flawed very human being. Jane, The Virgin is about a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) who is accidentally artificially inseminated when she goes in for a Pap Smear. I swear Gina is the most talented new actress to come along in a long time. She has the widest acting repertoire I have seen in a long time. She can go from sad and crying to laughing hysterically in less than a second. She is quirky and funny in Jane and we have also seen her as a human trafficking victim on Longmire. I predict a long and successful career for her.
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Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies.
Gary has written five musicals and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music. He is currently the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Gary's acclaimed album, Reflections, features Tom Stryker, virtuoso touring harmonica player (Hohner rep) playing light jazz, easy listening and light classical tunes and focuses on the theme of reflecting on life and it’s meaning. Find our more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary.