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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Gala Concert: We launch the 2021-22 season with a concert featuring performances by faculty members of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
September 17 to 19 - Sackville Festival of Early Music / Festival de musique anciennes
“Écoute comme je danse.” Join us for a special collaboration between Baroque dancer Stéphanie Brochard of Les Jardins chorégraphiques (Montréal) and internationally regarded Montréal Baroque music specialists Esteban LaRotta (lute), Elinor Frey (cello), and Anthony Harvey (lute), streamed live to Brunton Auditorium. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
“Hail, Queen of Heaven: Music for the Virgin Mary with Stile Antico.” Join us for an unforgettable concert of sublime 16th-century vocal polyphony with the elite early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico (Great Britain), streamed live to Brunton Auditorium. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
“Concerto delle donne.” Explore the often neglected yet exquisite musical contributions of women composers in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as we give voice to women’s artistic agency and creativity. Women were musically active in their diverse roles as nuns, aristocrats, and courtesans. We celebrate a return to live music programming with the considerable talents and expertise of established local specialists of early music Vicki St. Pierre (contralto), Erin Bardua (soprano), Celeste Jankowski (violin), Kirsty Money (violin), Hilary Brown (cello), Madeleine Owen (theorbo/guitar), and Marie Bouchard (organ). For details and ticket prices and reservations visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.
Celebrating Student Research. "'Music Oft Hath Such Charm': Exploring the Role of Music in Three Shakespearean Comedies," presented by Emma Cameron, and “(Trans)Gendering the Musical Score: Exploring Transgender Identity Through Composition,” presented by Hope Salmonson. These Independent Student Research Grant projects are generously supported by the J.E.A. Crake Foundation. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium Musicum: “Schubert’s Medial Overlaps,” presented by Dr. Alan Dodson. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty and Guest Recital: “Quartet for the End of Time.” David Rogosin (piano), James Kalyn (clarinet), Nadia Francavilla (violin), and Emily Kennedy (cello) perform one of the landmark compositions of the 20th-century, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Colloquium Musicum: “Acquiring competency in Indigenous Research Methods.” In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report and 94 Calls to Action, leading many scholars in the Academy to think about ways to address the Calls to Action in their own practice. Dr. Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie) will discuss the steps that she has taken as a settler and as a specialist in western medieval music to develop her knowledge and skills, and to find ways of engaging with Mi’kmaq history and culture in her research and teaching. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Recital: Elm City String Quartet, Sistema NB Teaching Artists, performs works by Beethoven, Grieg, and Caroline Shaw. Presented in partnership with the Tutta Musica Orchestra. Brunton, 7:30 pm CANCELLED
Guest Recital: “With a Blue Dress.” Nadia Francavilla (violin), Carl Philippe Gionet (piano), and Sally Dibblee (soprano) join together in a program of music and performance art featuring music by Joan Tower, Kate Soper, Monica Pearce, Nicole Lizée and Julia Wolfe. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Recital - Isabella Perron, violin, second prize winner of the 2021 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for strings, with Todd Yaniw, piano, will perform as part of the winner’s national concert tour. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
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, 5:00 p.m.
Guest Artists’ Talk: Edana Higham and Zac Pulak of SHHH!! Ensemble discuss their multifaceted work as freelance performers and curators, followed by Q&A. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
Guest Recital: “Spirits.” SHHH!! Ensemble (Edana Higham, piano and Zac Pulak, percussion) present a provocative program of works by J.S. Bach, Jocelyn Morlock, Andy Akiho, John Beckwith, and Micheline Roi, revealing the composers’ reflections on the nature of creativity, meditation, as well as Scotch whisky and the beyond. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. “Ghosts and Ghouls, Saints and Souls: Music for All Hallows Eve and the Day of the Dead”. Begin your Hallowe’en celebrations with haunting music, from the soulful to the downright spooky, sung by the Mount Allison choirs. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: “New; Standards.” Olivier Huebscher (horn) and James Coghlin (piano) perform a selection of horn repertoire new and old, including two world premieres. From Marko and Salmonson to Mozart and Strauss, it is an evening of creating new standards and revisiting long time favourites. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Recital: “Moonstruck" takes us on a lunar voyage from Beethoven's timeless Moonlight Sonata to Schoenberg's ground-breaking melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, and including a work by New Brunswicker Thomas Nicholson. Christina Haldane (soprano), Cindy Thong (piano), and the TMO (Tutta Musica Orchestra) Chamber Players conducted by Jacob Caines. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Allison New Music Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Hear new music created by and for the New Music Ensemble, as well as recently composed works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
The Mount Allison Elliott Chorale presents "Ring Out, Wild Bells!," Directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m. CANCELLED
The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, explores the wonderful world of string orchestra repertoire, from vibrant classics and sonorous romanticism to exciting contemporary works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
The Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, presents “Where we are now,” a program of recent works that have gained traction in the band world. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
The Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale present “Music for a Winter’s Night”. Join the Mount A choirs for an afternoon of music to welcome the winter season. Directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Collegium Performances by student chamber groups in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Collegium: Celebrate the holidays with the students and faculty of the Department of Music. Brunton Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.
Colloquium Musicum: “Bernstein and the Male Voice: Contexts and Compromise,” presented by Dr. Elizabeth Wells and Branden Olsen. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
Alumni Panel Discussion: “What I (Didn’t) think I’d do with my Music Degree.” Former Mount Allison Music students join us remotely to talk about their current careers and how they were influenced by a BMus at Mount Allison. Discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Wells. Brunton, 1:30 p.m.
Faculty and Guest Recital: “Duets and Trios.” Karin Aurell (flute), Joël Cormier (percussion), James Coghlin (piano), and special guest Dory Hayley (soprano) explore chamber music from the late 20th and 21st century. Music by Anthony Genge, George Crumb and Annette Brosin, among others. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Colloquium Musicum: "Musical Temporality, Text, and Change: Perspectives from Huangmei Opera and Koa-a Opera," presented by Anna Wang (Harvard University). Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Presentation: ”Authenticity vs Essentialism: A Canadian in Java studying Indonesian Gamelan.” Dr. Jeffrey J. Hennessy, Provost and Vice President Academic and Research. Talk follow by an interview with Dr. Lauren Beck, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Visual & Material Culture. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital: “Across the Waves”. Stephen Runge (piano) performs barcarolles and other works from the last two centuries inspired by waves, water, and the ocean. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Colloquium Musicum: “Fearful Murmurs: Sonic Responses to the Ottoman Other.” The fleeting victory at the Battle of Lepanto (1571) left Europe, and in particular the Austrian Habsburg Empire, to renewed psychic struggle against the persistent presence and relentless incursions of the powerful Ottoman Empire. This talk explores the sonic responses of the Habsburgs to the Ottomans, including the ringing of bells to ward off Turkish spirits, the performance of sacred motets making fervent pleas to the Virgin Mary for protection and intercession, and the singing of secular songs – popular tunes with anti-Turkish texts. Presented by Dr. Linda Pearse. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.
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 21st century. Brunton Auditorium, 12:30 p.m.
Voice Master Class: Soprano Denise Ritter-Bernardini (soprano) will present a master class for students in the Department of Music. Brunton Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.
Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Salle Neil-Michaud, U de Moncton, 7:00 p.m.
Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. Enjoy a musical journey through all love’s many forms: hopeful beginnings, the joyful bloom of true love, heartbreak, and the wistful sadness of lost love. Music by Barber, Pearsall, and many more. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
Mount Allison Symphonic Band directed by Dr. Nicole Strum. “Chamber Music, Part 4”. Our fourth year featuring music for small ensembles. Brunton, 8 p.m.
Piano Master Class: Pianist Emanuel Laufer will present a master class in contemporary music for solo pianists and voice & piano duos. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
March 8 to 11 - Bragg Artist-in-Residence Graham Johnson
Bragg Artist Master Class for voice and piano duos. Brunton, Time TBA.
Bragg Artist Talk and Q&A: "My Life in Music." Brunton, Time TBA.
Focus on Schubert: master class and presentation on Schubert and his music. Brunton, Time TBA.
Bragg Artist Lecture-Recital. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Guitar Master Class: Tariq Harb will present a master class for students in the Department of Music. Brunton, 1:00 p.m.
Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Nicole Strum, presents music by Canadian and American composers. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Allison New Music Ensemble directed by Dr. Nicole Strum. Hear new music created by and for the New Music Ensemble, as well as recently composed works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. “The Elements.” Many cultures attach symbolism to the ancient elements of earth, wind, fire, water, and spirit – join us as we explore these natural forces through song. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, presents a sonic celebration of spring, performing music that inspires and brings joy. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.
Convocation Weekend Recital. Performances by students of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:00 p.m.
Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Wednesdays 4 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium:
Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6.
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