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Packa, Sheila

Overview
Works: 12 works in 14 publications in 2 languages and 330 library holdings
Genres: Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Poetry  Spoken word poetry 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: PS3566.A285, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Sheila Packa
Kullervo( )

3 editions published in 2016 in Multiple languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some 150 years ago what is sometimes called 'The Great Migration' of Finns to the United States began. Many of the Finns settled in the Mid-West, and especially in the so-called 'Finn Hook', consisting of parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra under its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas to compose a work on the theme of migration, of a scale and nature suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius's great Kullervo. Discovering the work of the Minnesota-based poet Sheila Packa, herself of Finnish descent, Kortekangas composed Migrations for mezzo-soprano, male voice choir and orchestra, the same forces as in Kullervo, with the exception of the baritone soloist in that work. An all-star Finnish cast - soloists Lilli Paasikivi and Tommi Hakala and the celebrated YL Male Voice Choir - joined the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä for three concerts in February 2016, and captured by a recording team from BIS the memorable performances can now be enjoyed by a wider audience. Sibelius began working on Kullervo during his student days in Vienna in 1891, finding his inspiration in the Kalevala, Finland's national epic. In a letter home to Finland he wrote about 'a new symphony, totally in the Finnish spirit' and the work is often regarded as the first successful example of a Finnish national musical language. In spite of what Sibelius wrote in his letter, the five-movement work is usually regarded as a symphonic poem, but with a duration of c. 80 minutes Kullervo certainly has the scale of a large symphony, and as such the present performance forms a worthy appendix to the highly acclaimed Sibelius cycle which the orchestra and Vänskä brought to a close with the recent release of Symphonies No. 3, 6 and 7. As a fitting close to this two-disc set, and to the concerts in Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall, the orchestra performs Sibelius's Finlandia, with the YL Male Voice Choir joining in in the famous hymn section
Cloud birds : poems by Sheila Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night train red dust : poems of the iron range by Sheila Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sheila Packa's poetry is at once deeply personal and widely universal in its evocative exploration of fundamental human experience. Using the red ore dust with which she was raised, she paints vivid images of birth and death, work and struggle, hope and despair. Packa captures the unrest of immigrants leaving their homes in Finland and the unrest of the bitter labor union conflicts of the early days of twentieth century on the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota. At the same as she chronicles events from the broad sweep of history as the country extracted iron ore from the ground and labor from the immigrants, she shares tender stories from daily life, using the micro-lens of her personal experience
Echo & lightning : poems by Sheila Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Migrations : poetry & prose for life's transitions( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features of the work of 75 Lake Superior area and northern Minnesota writers. Each poem or essay captures a moment of change, ranging from having a new baby to the death of a loved one. Some writers have written about aging, children growing up, illness, bird migration, leaving a relationship, moving through violence, and also actual migration, and moving back and forth from Minnesota to work in Antarctica
The mother tongue by Sheila Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncommon light : a collection of poems( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear bird : poems by Sheila Packa( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Always saying good-bye by Sheila J Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fearful Journey : by Kathy McTavish( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Love out loud( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fearful Journey : Poems by Sheila Packa( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Echo & lightning : poems
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