The Music Department presents numerous performances each year, including recitals by faculty members, students, and guest artists, and concerts by large and small ensembles. Each Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm throughout both terms, we present our Collegia Musica, free public concerts that provide frequent opportunities for our students to perform, and Colloquia Musica, lectures, presentations, and workshops by faculty members, students, and guests on a wide variety of musical topics.
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Calendar of Events 2018-2019
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TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
Single Tickets - Adults $15 Seniors and non-MtA students $10 Family $30
Subscriptions - Adults $60 Seniors and non-MtA students $30 Family $90
All concerts are free for current Mount Allison students with valid ID card.
Student Recitals, Master classes, Ensemble Concerts, Collegia/Colloquia - Free Admission, all are welcome
Mount Allison Performing Arts Series - visit mta.ca/performingarts
Sackville Festival of Early Music - visit sackvilleearlymusic.com
Proceeds from these ticket and subscription sales support Music Department student scholarships. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased through the Music Department and at the door.
Some events listed in this calendar are not presented by the Department of Music or are ticketed separately. Tickets for these events are sold separately by their sponsors.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 – Faculty Gala Concert: We launch the 2018-19 season with a concert featuring performances by faculty members of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12 – Colloquium Musicum: Celebration of Student Research. "'But Art Belongs to the Unconscious': Schoenberg’s Atonality and Kandinsky’s Abstraction," by Martine Jomphe. Brunton, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 – Mysterious Barricades: Beyond the Marshes. “Beyond the Marshes” is part of Mysterious Barricades, a concert series presented in 13 locations across Canada in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day. The Sackville concert will feature some of Mount Allison University’s talented Music faculty, as well as performers from across New Brunswick, including MtA alumna Sally Dibblee, soprano. Admission is free, all are welcome. Brunton, 12 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 – Colloquium Musicum: “13 Years Later: Exploring Visual Music Since Mount Allison.” Visual artist Deanna Musgrave will discuss highlights of her career since graduating from Mount Allison in 2005, with a focus on her work in visual music and collaborations with musicians. The talk will end with performances of Anthony Genge's Motion and Jordan Nobles' Circle of Fifths performed by Karin Aurell, flutes, James Kalyn, clarinet, Andrew Reed Miller, bass, and Joël Cormier, percussion, and presented by Resonance New Music. Admission is free, all are welcome. For details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 – Early Music Master class: Members of L’Harmonie des Saisons work with students from the Department of Music. Admission is free, all are welcome. For details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 – L'Harmonie des Saisons presents A Musical Soirée at the Home of Bach. The family home in Leipzig of Johann Sebastian Bach was a revolving door of illustrious and celebrated musicians, and Bach often adapted his vast chamber music repertory to suit the occasion. This program features both works adapted by Bach for various instrumentations and our own adaptations of some of our favourite Bach chamber music, in addition to popular soprano arias from Bach's secular cantatas. Hélène Brunet, soprano, Anne Thivierge, flauto traverse, Mélisande Corriveau, bass viol and baroque cello, Eric Milnes, harpsichord. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com, free for current Mount Allison students with valid ID card. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 – Workshop: "The Art of Playing Romantic Guitar." Guitarist Pascal Valois will introduce the performance practice and interpretation of classic and romantic music for guitar as it was conceived in the 18th and the 19th centuries. Admission is free, all are welcome. For details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 1:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 – The Rose Ensemble presents Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The result of years of intensive research and training, Land of Three Faiths is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com, free for current Mount Allison students with valid ID card. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 – Pascal Valois, romantic guitar, and Jacques-André Houle, violin present Au Concert Spirituel!, music from the end of the 18th century for guitar and violin duo, featuring works by musicians who were involved with the Concert Spirituel around 1770-1790 in Paris. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com, free for current Mount Allison students with valid ID card. Brunton, 3 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24 – Public presentation: “Networking and Project Realization” Ensemble Made in Canada describes how their Mosaïque project began, how it has evolved into its current form, and how the group funded their cross-country tour. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 – Colloquium Musicum: “‘The Platform of Our Musical Experiments’: Dehmel settings in Schoenberg’s Viennese Circle,” by Dr. Gary Tucker. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28 – Guest Recital: Ensemble Made in Canada. “Mosaïque.” Participate in this unique and exciting nation-wide project. Take inspiration from these exceptional musicians and express yourself through drawing as you listen to 14 newly commissioned works by Canadian composers, depicting regions of our country. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 – Faculty and Guest Recital: “Romancing the Trombone.” The sibling duo of Dale Sorensen, trombone and Jacqueline Sorensen Young, piano present a recital of passionate Romances by Debussy, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, and Canadian composers Elizabeth Raum and Barbara York, performed on alto and tenor trombones. Brunton, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 – Colloquium Musicum: “New York Noise.” While new and challenging musics have been dismissed as “noise” for as long as there has been writing about music, many musicians in 1970s and 1980s New York took on the label with pride. In this presentation, Dr. Patrick Nickleson will focus on how a loosely affiliated group of composers, improvisers, and performers worked to expand the limits of music—and often audience patience—in the interrelated developments of minimalism, free jazz, and punk. Brunton, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11 – Matinee Pops Concert: “Western Adventure!” Movie, TV and Concert music of adventure and the great open American West. Themes from The Magnificent 7 and Bonanza, concert music such as Adler’s Southwestern Sketches and Prairiesong by Carl Strommen, and jazz hits like Route 66. With the Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Convocation Hall, 11:00 a.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11 – Pops Concert: “Western Adventure!” Movie, TV and Concert music of adventure and the great open American West. Themes from The Magnificent 7 and Bonanza, concert music such as Adler’s Southwestern Sketches and Prairiesong by Carl Strommen, and jazz hits like Route 66. With the Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, and the Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr. Greg Burton. Convocation Hall, 8:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14 – Atlantic Young Artist recital: Andrew Son, piano, winner of the 2018 Atlantic Young Artist Competition will present a diverse program of piano music. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – Faculty Recital: “Becoming Jazz.” From subtle jazz influence to be-bop, from fully composed to fully improvised, on clarinet, saxophone, and piano, James Kalyn, saxophone, and David Rogosin, piano, sample a wide range of music that bears the marks of jazz. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21 – Faculty and Guest Recital: Karin Aurell, flute, and Carl-Philippe Gionet, piano. 20th-century flute music, from romantic to modernist, by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Robert Muczynski, and Guillaume Connesson. Brunton, 3 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCT. 26 – Piano Master Class: Pianist Katherine Dowling works with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28 – Elliott Chorale. “All Soul’s/Remembrance.” Reflective and stirring choral music by the Elliott Chorale will be presented in a short concert in the chapel in memory of those who have died before us. Music will include works by Lauridsen, Esenvald, and Pärt. Directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin. University Chapel, 3 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOV. 2
- 4:00 p.m. – Keynote Address: Pianist and scholar Roy Howat presents “Debussy the Composer via Debussy the Pianist.” Brunton.
- 7:30 p.m. – Faculty Recital: “Debussy’s Late Chamber Works”, music for strings, flute, piano duet, and piano duo. Brunton.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3
- 2:00 p.m. – Faculty Presentation: “The Nocturnes: From Chopin to Whistler to Debussy.” Anne Koval, Dept of Fine Arts. Brunton.
- 3:00 p.m. – Student Recital: Debussy’s Piano and Instrumental music. Brunton.
- 7:30 p.m. – Guest Recital: Roy Howat, pianist and editor of Debussy’s piano works for Durand’s new complete works edition, presents Debussy’s first book of Préludes and other works. Brunton.
SUNDAY, NOV. 4
- 2:00 p.m. – Faculty Presentation: "Beauty that Endures: Second Empire Censorship and Debussy's Choice of Poetry." Valérie Narayana, Dept of Modern Languages. Brunton.
- 3:00 p.m. – Faculty and Student Recital: A selection of Debussy’s Mélodies for voice and piano. Brunton.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9 – Voice Master Class: Kim Mattice Wanat, Artistic Director of Opera NUOVA, works with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18 – Mount Allison Honour Band. Prof. James Kalyn conducts an ensemble made up of the top brass, woodwind, and percussion students from Maritime high schools. Convocation Hall, 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 24 – Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble. A full program of new and traditional numbers for full jazz band, directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 25 – Mount Allison Choral Society presents a concert of seasonal works including Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata for brass and organ, and Gloria in excelsis Deo from Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin. University Chapel, 3 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 26 – New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band. “Band Standards, Canadian Version.” This year we explore some of the great band works by Canadian composers. Music by Calvert, Cable, Hodkinson, Dagenais and more. Directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. “Papa Haydn, the Red Priest and an Orange Farmer.” Conductor Gregory Burton and the Mount Allison University Chamber Orchestra present one of Haydn’s magnificent “London” Symphonies, “The Military”, along with music by Vivaldi, Delius, and Albinoni. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 – Festival of Lessons and Carols, with the Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin. Free-will donations for the Sackville Food Bank will be accepted at the door. University Chapel, 3 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4 – Christmas Collegium: Celebrate the holidays with the students and faculty of the Department of Music. M.Y.B. Conservatory Foyer, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 – Mid-Week Music – Faculty Recital: “Trio inconnu.” Recent works for flute, clarinet or saxophone, and percussion. Composers include Alejandro Viñao and Lisa Cheney. James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone, Karin Aurell, flute, and Joël Cormier, percussion. Brunton, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – Bragg Artist-in-Residence Guest Recital: "Schubert's Winter Journey." Soprano Adrianna Pieczonka and pianist Rachel Andrist perform Schubert’s deeply moving song cycle Winterreise. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 14 – Bragg Artist-in-Residence Question and Answer session: Adrianna Pieczonka answers questions on careers in music, life on the operatic stage, and her experiences as one of today’s most sought-after singers. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 – Colloquium Musicum: “The Life of a Professional Musician." Adrianna Pieczonka, Bragg Artist-in-Residence, discusses discipline, practicing, the support of coaches and teachers, the rigours of travel, mental and physical health, social media: all elements of life as a professional musician today. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – Guest Recital: “Brogue Around the World!” As in the Sam Cooke song, the Brogue Quartet takes you on a tour of "far away places with strange sounding names" in Guillermo Lago’s Ciudades, then to the great western Rockies for Maslanka’s Mountain Roads. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – Early Music Master Class: Julia Wedman, violin, and Felix Deak, gamba, work with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 1:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – Faculty and Guest Recital: Vicki St. Pierre, contralto, Julia Wedman, violin and Felix Deak, gamba. Members of Tafelmusik and I Furiosi join faculty member Vicki St. Pierre in a thrilling performance of music of the Baroque, from Germany to France. Brunton, 3 p.m.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22 – Flute Master Class. Flutist Laurel Swinden works with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23 – Mid-Week Music – Faculty and Guest Recital: Laurel Swinden, flute, and Stephen Runge, piano. Lesser known gems of the flute repertoire with special attention to women composers. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25
- 1:00 p.m. – Bernstein’s theatrical works featuring Paul Laird, visiting scholar, Elizabeth Wells, and voice students from the Department of Music. Brunton.
- 3:15 p.m. – Bernstein on Film. Brunton.
- 4:15 p.m. – Reception: reminiscences by Paul Laird about meeting Leonard Bernstein. Brunton.
- 7:30 p.m. – Concert of Bernstein works featuring students and faculty from the Department of Music. Brunton.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
- 9:00 a.m. – Bernstein’s theatrical works Part 2, featuring Paul Laird, visiting scholar, Elizabeth Wells, and voice students from the Department of Music. Brunton.
- 11:15 a.m. – Bernstein Symposium, featuring scholarly presentations by Mount Allison Faculty. Brunton.
MONDAY, JAN. 28 – Faculty Lecture-Recital: “New Music by Composer Kevin Morse,” featuring performances by faculty and guest artists. Brunton, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1 – Faculty and Guest Recital: Violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Stephen Runge perform a recital of works written in 1917. From the late Romanticism of Elgar and Rachmaninoff to the rarely heard second sonata of Fauré, this recital offers a fascinating glimpse into a single year in which composers responded with passion and intensity to a Europe crumbling around them. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, FEB. 4 – Strings Master Class. Violinist Kerry DuWors works with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7 – Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Salle Neil-Michaud, U de Moncton, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8 – Mount Allison Performing Arts Series presents the Rolston String Quartet. First Prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet is acclaimed for both its technical virtuosity and its expressive, energetic ensemble playing. The quartet’s busy performing schedule (over 100 concerts in 2017-18) has taken it to many of the finest concert halls in Europe and North America, and it is now undertaking its first tour of Eastern Canada presented in partnership with Debut Atlantic. Visit mta.ca/performingarts or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9 – Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble. “Not a Romantic Evening.” Chamber groups large and small from the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble play music from before and after the Romantic era. Mozart’s Serenade in E-flat, jazz standards, and more. Directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Convocation Hall, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 – Faculty and Guest Recital: Nadia Francavilla, violin, and Andrew Miller, sound engineer perform montagne, flèche, arbre, oiseau by New Brunswick composer André Cormier. This hour-long work, commissioned with funding from artsnb, explores the idea of music as a time-based art. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, MARCH 25 – New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band. “A Few of our Favourite Things.” A selection of selections we love to play, including Barber’s Commando March, Grainger’s Molly on the Shore, and Hindemith’s monumental Symphony in B-flat in its Mount Allison premiere! Directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 – Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale. “A Road Trip with the Choral Society and the Elliott Chorale.” Travel-related works such as The Geographical Fugue by Toch, Un Canadien Errant arranged by Patriquin, and Untraveled Worlds by Halley will be among the intriguing array of choral music directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin. University Chapel, 3 p.m.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – Groovin’ at Gracie’s with the Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Gracie’s Café, McCain Student Centre, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. “Orchestral Fire and Fury.” An expanded Mount Allison University Chamber Orchestra presents stirring orchestral works from opera, ballet, and the symphonic repertoire including music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Copland, and Verdi. Directed by Dr. Greg Burton. Convocation Hall, 3 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 – Convocation Weekend Recital. Performances by students of the Department of Music. Brunton, 2 p.m.
COLLEGIA MUSICA. Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 (University Chapel), Feb. 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3.