2004-5 Concert Season

September 11: Maureen Volk launches the season with a new look at standards of the solo piano repertoire in a program of Mozart, Debussy, Liszt and Grieg.

September 17: Musical double-double – as Duo Concertante teams up with violist Rennie Regehr and cellist Vernon Regehr in a stellar program of chamber music by Mozart, Schoenberg and Schumann.

September 24: Add to the mix something borrowed . . . and a little blue as David Braid returns to St. John’s with his spectacular Jazz Quartet.

September 25: New heights of the vocal art as MUN’s Three Sopranos – Catherine Fitch, Jane Leibel and Caroline Schiller take centre stage with Maureen Volk at the piano and Paul Rice as host.

October 1/2: Old and new meet as Mary O’Keeffe introduces her brand new 18th-century Dulcken harpsichord. Solo repertoire by Byrd, Bach,and Couperin on Friday night. On Saturday Michelle Cheramy,Valerie Holden and Andrea Lysack – among others – join Mary for a program of chamber music.

October 7: Pianist Kristina Szutor brings new life to works by Chopin, Beethoven and Scarlatti alongside lively performances of contemporary works.

October 23: New faces – Old friends. MUN’s sensational new saxophonist,Wallace Halladay makes his School of Music debut, sharing the stage with Calgary Philharmonic trombonist David Reid returning to his native St. John’s as the school’s new lower brass prof.

October 29: All about Eve – MUN soprano Caroline Schiller offers a portrait in song of the ‘first woman’with music by Gabriel Fauré, Jack Heggie, and others. Tom Gordon at the piano.

November 4 / 5 / 6: Canadian Music takes the spotlight in a three-day mini-festival celebrating the best of our music with our best performers. Thursday evening presents student performers and ensembles. Friday puts faculty artists centre stage. Saturday we welcome guest artist Barbara Pritchard, piano, in a program that features the music of composers from Atlantic Canada.

November 11: The MUN Chamber Orchestra opens its new season featuring Victoria McNeill in Mozart’s Horn Concerto under the direction of Vernon Regehr.

November 12: They took us by storm last season – and they’re back! Flutist Michelle Cheramy, clarinettist Sean Rice and pianist Maureen Volk are the Wreckhouse Winds.

November 13: The Scruncheons work their magic anew in this all percussion program that promises delights and surprises.Under the direction of Rob Power.

November 17: Jazz Ensemble heats up Cook Hall tonight with a program that ranges from old standards to the hottest new charts.

November 25: MUN’s ever-popular Concert Band has a new sound this year under the shared baton of Kjellrun Hestekin and Doug Vaughan.

December 3: Tim Steeves rounds out our Autumn season of pianists with a virtuosic performance of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.

December 5: Three-hundred years old, but fresh as tomorrow, the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier – in new editions by MUN’s Jane Gosine – is featured on this year’s combined choirs Christmas concert.Under the direction of Douglas Dunsmore at St. James United Church – 3 p.m.

January 14: Revel in the timeless chamber music of Brahms with this program featuring Nancy Dahn, Lorne Buick,Vernon Regehr,Maureen Volk and Kristina Szutor.

January 28: Duo Concertante explores repertoire new and old in an electrifying recital with works by Scriabin, Franck, Bach and Sibelius.

February 10/11/12: Nothing newer than NewFoundMusic – MUN’s celebration of new and recent music, this year featuring guest composer Jerôme Blais. Three days of recitals, workshops and celebrations of new music from near and far.

March 4: Somethings old and somethings new – MUN’s award-winning Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra team up in a sublime program of works for these two great ensembles alone and together.

March 17/18/19/20: Four days and nights in celebration of the opening of Petro-Canada Hall. Student, alumni, faculty and guest artists invite you to experience the acoustic and virtual marvels of this amazing new facility.

March 23: MUN’s Festival Choir leads off the Pascal season with a concert of religious and secular music under the direction of Douglas Dunsmore.

March 31: Old favourites... new works! MUN’s Concert Band offers a spring concert to suit every taste.

April 3/4: Petro-Canada Hall takes a dramatic turn with its inaugural production of MUN’s Opera Workshop in collaboration with the MUN Chamber Orchestra. Caroline Schiller and Vernon Regehr direct.

April 6: MUN’s virtuosi of swing – the Jazz Ensemble – put the proverbial big finish to the season with a concert of jazz favourites and new features.

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