Calendar of events in Music | Mount Allison

The Department of Music 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 p.m. 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.

If an event is cancelled for any reason, a notice will be posted at mta.ca/music and sent via email. If you wish to receive notices or updates to our Calendar of Events, please contact music@mta.ca

Fall 2022

 

FRIDAY,
SEPT. 9

Faculty Gala Concert: We launch the 2022-23 season with a concert featuring performances by faculty members of the Department of Music.  Brunton, 7:30 p.m. 
 

SUNDAY,
SEPT. 11

Pre-Concert Talk: Percussionist Martin Daigle presents a behind-the-scenes look at the works on his recital program, including a discussion of the instruments, contemporary techniques, and technology that he will be using. Brunton, 1:30 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
SEPT. 11

Guest Recital: Martin Daigle (percussion) performs contemporary percussion works by Sylvain Pohu and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay. NEW TIME Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
 

MONDAY,
SEPT. 12

Celebration of Student Research. Presentations by Noah Batten (“Explorations in Electro-Acoustic Composition using Ableton Live and Hardware Controllers”) and Annika Williams (“The Wicked Weeping Woman: A Reconsideration of Women's Agency in the Lament”). Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 14 

Colloquium Musicum: ”Authenticity vs Essentialism: A Canadian in Java studying Indonesian Gamelan” presented by Dr. Jeffrey J. Hennessy, Provost and Vice President Academic and Research, followed by an interview with Dr. Lauren Beck, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Visual & Material Culture, and Dr. Christina Ionescu, Professor of French and Director of the Visual and Material Culture Studies program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
SEPT. 17

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Duo, Trio, Quartetto,” a concert of chamber music for winds performed  by James Kalyn (clarinet), Christie Goodwin (oboe), Patrick Bolduc (bassoon), and Lynn Johnson (piano). Music of Ibert, Still, Garrop, Brandon, Berwald, and Gershwin. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 21

Pedagogy Workshop: “Liberatory Praxis: Lesson Plans for Applied Teaching and Ensemble Rehearsal Strategies” with Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) musician, music teacher, music teacher educator, and workshop facilitator Gabrielle Smith. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
CANCELLED  

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 21

Colloquium Musicum: “Liberatory Praxis in Music Education” presented by Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) musician, music teacher, music teacher educator, and workshop facilitator Gabrielle Smith. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
CANCELLED  

September 23 to 26 - Sackville Festival of Early Music / Festival de musique ancienne
 

FRIDAY,
SEPT. 23

Concert: Ensemble Anima presents a program of Burgundian chanson “Navré de ton dart.” Created by trans poet Luke Hathaway and singer Daniel Cabena, this program recalls the musical world of the 15th-century Burgundian court. Using songs of Gilles Binchois and John Bedyngham, with their associated parody Masses — and new adaptations of poetry by Christine de Pizan — this program tells a late-medieval transition story, which is also a story of the progress of love, both sacred and profane. Daniel Cabena (voice, recorders & vièle); Paul Genyk-Berezowsky (voice, recorders & renaissance guitar); Luke Hathaway (texts); Terry McKenna (lute & renaissance guitar), and Judith Souman (bowed strings). For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. Home Streaming also available.
 

SATURDAY,
SEPT. 24

Concert: "A Tribute to Molière and the French Sense of Humour," presented by Les Boréades de Montréal: Francis Colpron (recorders/baroque flute), Olivier Brault (violin), Mélisande Corriveau (viola da gamba), and Dorothéa Ventura (harpsichord),  with Dion Mazerolle (baritone). Molière and his imitators cultivated a broad spectrum of humour, often associated with social critique. They loved to joke, to parody, to mock fashion styles, failed attempts at love, drunken excesses, and improbable fantasies. And music joined in these follies with its power of suggestion: to exaggerate the hypocrisy, the novelty, and the farcical expressions. The music of this program celebrates Molière on his 400th birthday. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. Home Streaming also available.
 

SUNDAY,
SEPT. 25

Concert: Award-winning harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney and internationally celebrated cellist Elinor Frey present “Quill and Bow: A Celebration of the Harpsichord and Cello.” The Music Department's new harpsichord is a gift from Joanna Manning, and her late husband Gary, in thanks for the many years of music enjoyed at Mount Allison. The concert features a Flemish Double harpsichord in solo and duo settings. McNabney and Frey take us on a musical journey featuring monuments of the repertoire, by J. S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, F. Couperin and J.-P. Rameau alongside lesser-known gems by Jean Baur, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Jean Henry D'Anglebert. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, NEW TIME 7:30 p.m. Home Streaming also available.
 

MONDAY,
SEPT. 26

Workshop: Award-winning harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney will lead a 60-minute workshop for keyboard players on the Music Department’s new Flemish double harpsichord, introducing participants to harpsichord care, maintenance, standard playing techniques, and fingerings. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 28

Colloquium Musicum: Mélisande McNabney delivers a lecture and demonstration on musical style featuring the newly acquired Flemish Double harpsichord. Admission is free, all are welcome. For more details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

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SATURDAY,
OCT. 1

Faculty Recital: “The Horn Music of Reinhold Glière,” presented by Olivier Huebscher (horn) and James Coghlin (piano). Featuring the monumental Concerto for Horn, the Four Pieces for Horn and Piano, and a new arrangement of the unusual Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, this program explores the Slavic lyricism of Ukrainian-Soviet composer Reinhold Glière. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
OCT. 5

Colloquium Musicum: “Bernstein and Stravinsky,” presented by Dr. Elizabeth Wells. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
OCT. 12

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

THURSDAY,
OCT. 13

Matinee Pops Concert: “Water!” A celebration of the music and songs inspired by our most precious natural resource. Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. Convocation Hall, 10:30 a.m.
 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 14

Voice Master class: Soprano Denise Ritter-Bernardini works with students from the Department of Music. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 14

Pops Concert: “Water!” A celebration of the music and songs inspired by our most precious natural resource. Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
OCT. 15 

Guest Recital: Denise Ritter-Bernardini (soprano), head of Voice and Opera at Radford University, and Jennie Del Motte (piano) perform a recital of songs and arias from Purcell, Puccini, Debussy, Duparc, and the American folk tradition, from the early Baroque to the 21st century. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
OCT. 19 

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
OCT. 23

Guest Recital – Pianist David Potvin, winner of the 2022 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition performs as part of the winner’s national concert tour. Works by Canadian composers including Coulthard, Derksen, Hétu, Ho, Somers, and more. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
OCT. 26

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 28

Guest Recital: “Romance and Reflection.” Evocative music for saxophone and piano including works by Stacy Garrop, Dorothy Chang, Elainie Lillios, David Maslanka and others, performed by Nicole Strum (saxophone) and Magdalena Von Eccher (piano). Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
OCT. 30

“Journeys.” The Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway, begins the 2022-23 choral season at Mount Allison with choral meditations on life’s journeys. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
 


 

WEDNESDAY,
NOV. 2

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

November 14 to 19 – Bragg Artist-in-Residence: Missy Mazzoli

WEDNESDAY,
NOV. 16

 

Colloquium musicum: “Dark with Excessive Bright: the Instrumental works of Missy Mazzoli.” Composer Missy Mazzoli discusses her life as a composer and performer, with a special emphasis on her instrumental music. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

THURSDAY,
NOV. 17

Public talk: “From MTV to the Metropolitan Opera: Operatic works by Missy Mazzoli.” Composer Missy Mazzoli discusses her dramatic works for the stage. Brunton, 7:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
NOV. 18

Chamber Music recital. This year’s Bragg Residency concludes with a concert of solo and chamber works by Missy Mazzoli, including her Vespers for voices and chamber ensemble and a solo piano performance by the composer herself. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

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WEDNESDAY,
NOV. 23

Collegium Musicum: Celebrating Canada Music Week with a focus on music by Canadian composers in performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
NOV. 25

Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, presents a varied program of jazz selections, new and old. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
NOV. 26

Faculty Recital: “Across the Waves”. Pianist Stephen Runge performs barcarolles and other works from the last two centuries inspired by waves, water, and the ocean. NEW DATE Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
NOV. 30

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 


 

THURSDAY,
DEC. 1

The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, explores the rich repertoire for Chamber Orchestra, where the dynamism of chamber music and the power of orchestral sound combine in works ranging from vibrant classics to dynamic contemporary discoveries. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
DEC. 2 

Mount Allison Symphonic Band. Directed by Prof. James Kalyn“Band Standards, Part VII." After a brief visit to England to honour the Queen with Holst’s Suite No. 2, we depart for Japan, Europe, and the United States before returning to Canada with Ridout’s Fall Fair. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
DEC. 4

“Joy.” The Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway, celebrate the joy of the coming season with an afternoon of uplifting holiday music – both well-known carols and new favourites – including music by Eleanor Daley, John Rutter, Laura Hawley, and more. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
 

MONDAY,
DEC. 5

New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
DEC. 7

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

THURSDAY,
DEC. 8

Christmas Collegium: Celebrate the holidays with the students and faculty of the Department of Music. NEW DAY M.Y.B. Conservatory Foyer, 4:00 p.m.

Winter 2023

 

WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 11

Colloquium Musicum: “Rehabilitative Practice,” presented by Dr. James Kalyn, examines healthy tone production, overcoming injury, and moving beyond one’s current technical limitations. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
JAN. 14

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Sure on this Shining Night.” Christina Raphaëlle Haldane (soprano), is joined by her cousin, interdisciplinary artist Carl Philippe Gionet (piano) in a program showcasing classics from the operatic and art song repertoire by Barber, Schubert, and Handel, and Canadian works by Cecilia Livingston, Jérôme Blais, Carl Philippe Gionet and Oscar Peterson. The recital will also include a world premiere performance of "You gave me hyacinths" for solo soprano, by David Jaeger C. M., set to poetry by David Cameron. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 18

Colloquium Musicum: “Teaching Music in the Seven Liberal Arts," presented by Pedagogue-in-Residence Dr. Marjorie Roth (Nazareth College). Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information call 364-2374 or email music@mta.ca. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
JAN. 20

Faculty Recital: “Negation of the Negations.” Nadia Francavilla (violin), Karin Aurell (flute) and Carl Philippe Gionet (piano) bring to light fresh contemporary works by women composers Hope Salmonson, Ann Southam, Shulamit Ran, Ethel Smyth, and Emily Kennedy. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
JAN. 22

Performance Anxiety Workshop: Performing under pressure, just like playing in tune, is a practicable skill. Understand the science behind performance anxiety and discover mental skills that you can build into your practice routine to develop a more positive relationship with performing. Presented by Mark Kleyn. Brunton, 1:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 25

Colloquium Musicum: “Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Self-Expressive Voice,” presented by Nancy Murphy (University of Michigan). Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
JAN. 27

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Madrigals and Blackbirds.” Dory Hayley (voice), Karin Aurell (flute), James Coghlin (piano), and Joël Cormier (percussion) explore madrigals and birdsong in this program of incredible works by Lukas Foss, George Crumb, Tony Genge, Annette Brosin, and John Psathas. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 


 

WEDNESDAY,
FEB. 1

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

SUNDAY,
FEB. 5

Faculty and Guest Recital“Forbidden Music." Faculty from the Department of Music alongside musicians from the Tutta Music Orchestra, directed by Tony Delgado and Greg Burton, perform works written under the influence of 1920's Germany by Ernest Bloch, Erwin Schulhoff, and Kurt Weill. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
FEB. 8

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
FEB. 10

Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
FEB. 11

Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Salle Neil-Michaud, U de Moncton, 7:00 p.m. 
 

SUNDAY,
FEB. 12

“Elements.” The Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway, presents a concert exploring the six elements – wind, fire, water, earth, space, and consciousness. Enjoy works by Katerina Gimon, Benjamin Martinson, Stephen Hatfield, and others. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
FEB. 15

Collegium Musicum: A focus on music by BIPOC composers with performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
FEB. 15

Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, present their annual concert featuring small groups and jazz combos, allowing individuals to shine in a more intimate setting.  Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
 


 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 1

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 8

Collegium Musicum: A focus on music by women composers with performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

SATURDAY,
MARCH 11

Choral Master Class: The Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, work with Mount Allison choral ensembles. Location and Time TBA
 

SATURDAY,
MARCH 11

Guest Recital – The Elmer Iseler Singers, conductor Lydia Adams, and pianist Shawn Grenke return to Mount Allison to present moving choral works by composers including Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ukrainian Mykola Skoryk, and Ismaili Muslim/Canadian Hussein Janmohamed. Also featured will be Canadian Eleanor Daley's grandmother moon, written on the stunning poem by Mary Louise Martin, a member of Millbrook First Nation (NS), celebrating connections, the earth, life, joy, and peace in the world. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 15

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 22

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
MARCH 24

“Groovin’ at Gracie’s” Mount Allison Jazz Ensemble directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Put on your dancing shoes as we recreate a swing era soirée! Gracie’s Café, McCain Student Centre, 9:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 29 

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

FRIDAY,
MARCH 31

“New to You.” Mount Allison Symphonic Band directed by Prof. James Kalynpresents a selection of newer and lesser-known gems, including a few surprises. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
 


 

SUNDAY,
APRIL 2

“Stories.” The Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. “…the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” - Anthony de Mello. “Storytelling is the essential human activity.” – Tim O’Brien. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of human communication. This final choral concert of the 2022-23 season is a concert of music based on stories. Featured works will include Chilcott’s Aesop’s Fables and Joan Szymko’s setting of maggie and milly and molly and may. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
 

WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 5

Collegium Musicum: Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
 

THURSDAY,
APRIL 6

The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, presents a sonic celebration of spring. This program will let you remember something old, discover something new, and have a tune to sing on the way home. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
 

MONDAY,
APRIL 10

New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
 


 

SUNDAY,
MAY 14

Convocation Weekend Recital. Performances by students of the Department of Music. Brunton, TIME TBA

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 

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.

Mount Allison Performing Arts Series - visit mta.ca/performingarts

Sackville Festival of Early Music - visit sackvilleearlymusic.com