Saturday, May 05, 2018
When UFOs and music meet
Music and the Saucer
On Sunday, April 29, 2018, an original choral work was premiered in Iles-des-Chenes, Manitoba, Canada. The Seine River Singers, accompanied by a small orchestra, presented Burns From Beyond, a musical retelling of the UFO experience of Stefan Michalak in 1967 at Falcon Lake.
I and Stefan's son Stan Michalak, accompanied by our wives, were invited to sit front and centre at the performance. We were introduced at the sold-out event by the composer, Stephen Haiko-Pena, who explained how he had been reading our book about the case, When They Appeared, when he had been asked to compose "something new" for the choir. (We were honoured when he held up his copy of our book.)
Our book was his inspiration for the choral work, and he created the five-part "opera," focusing on Stefan Michalak's own words from his original booklet and reprinted in our book.
Stan (on the right) visited the site of his dad's experience for the first time in 2017.
The entire choral work was recorded that night and the video has been uploaded for viewing.
Haiko-Pena's introduction is here.
The choral work Burns From Beyond is here. The entire script is in the link as well.
The website of composer Stephen Haiko-Pena is here.