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U of C prof Allan Bell celebrates second chance at life that led to Juno Award this weekend

U of C prof Allan Bell celebrates second chance at life that led to Juno Award this weekend

April 2, 2014
National

"Ten years ago, University of Calgary professor Allan Bell suffered a life-threatening illness that resulted in a life-saving liver transplant.

A decade later, Bell, currently the acting director of the university’s School of Creative and Performing Arts, won a Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year, for Field Notes.

Bell’s composition was selected over a field of heavy-hitting composers, including R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman, James O’Callaghan and Tim Brady.

“Because of the composers who were nominees, I was pretty sure somebody else was going to win,” he says. “In fact, I was almost completely convinced so (when they said my name), I was completely surprised.

“And then felt this rush of excitement,” he says.

And then he flashed on the events of a decade ago.

“When I stood to speak,” he says. “I felt this immense sense of privilege, being honoured — so it was a kind of flurry of things.”

The inspiration for Field Notes, Bell says, is the Canadian Prairies..."

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