2005-6 Concert Season

September 9: Alumna Recital. Violinist Heather Kao and cellist Heather Tuach will join Corner Brook pianist Gary Graham to perform a variety of chamber music. The program will include Paganini's Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini, Prelude and Fugue Op. 44b by Michael Parker, and more.

September 17: In Character. Schubert and Debussy Maureen Volk pairs Schubert Impromptus and Moments musicaux with Debussy Children’s Corner and Images, Book II.An evening of evocative and sumptuous piano music by two masters of color.

September: 30 David Rogosin. A lecture recital on Olivier Messiaen’s massive,mystical and marvellous work for solo piano: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.

October 18 MUN Chamber Orchestra opens its new season! The program will feature the 2005 Concerto Competition winner Greg Bruce in a performance of the Villa Lobos saxophone concerto, as well as Beethoven's symphony #2.

October 22 From Paris to Quebec. Join flutist Michelle Cheramy and pianist Kristina Szutor as they travel from Canada to France and back, exploring the relationship between creators in Quebec and Paris during the twentieth century.

October 28 Cardinal Points Chamber Ensemble will perform works for piano and strings by Mozart, Brahms and Schnittke as part of the 2005 Canadian Philosophy Conference. Come hear what these giants have to contribute to the chamber music experience!

November (Date TBD) Cook Hall Swings Tonight! A distinguished new voice on the Canadian music scene, Toronto trombonist Darren Sigesmund showcases his quintet project, Strands - a collection of inventive jazz, classically and Latin inspired works that paint musical landscapes that shift from pondering and introspective moods to soaring and vibrant climaxes. Stay tuned to our Web site for the concert date.

November 4: Sylvie Proulx. A selection of some of the most celebrated original works for solo guitar from South American composers such as Ginastera,Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla. The repertoire reflects a variety of complex rhythms and enticing dances typical of the South American folklore.

November 10: The Scruncheons present an exciting program of new works for percussion ensemble, led by director Rob Power. Prepare to be amazed - this is not your typical concert!

November 17: Christina Petrowska Quilico. This solo piano recital will be virtuosic in the tradition of Chopin and Liszt. Rivers by Ann Southam is a captivating collection of intricate and technically challenging minimalist works. The audience will be treated to an evocative,mystical and hypnotic musical experience in which they can immerse themselves.

November 19: Spanner:Wire and Wood. Works by Malcolm Forsyth, Bendzsa/Power, Cowell, Brandt.

November 24: Concert Band. Come join the MUN Concert Band for an evening of exciting music under the direction of Donald Buell. Special guests will be virtuoso trombonist David Reid and the new Lady Cove Women’s Choir.

November 25: Seasons of Life, Seasons of Love. Catherine Fitch and Maureen Volk present dramatic songs of Strauss and Menotti. NSO principal oboist Valerie Holden joins them in music of Bartok and Vaughan Williams.

November 26: Hannaford Street Youth Band. A 38 member youth brass band from southern Ontario will perform a selection of Christmas pieces, some of which have been arranged specifically for the ensemble.

November 30: Get into the Swing of Things. Tune recognition and a good time are guaranteed by the MUN Jazz Ensemble.

December 4: Christmas New and Old. The official opening of the St. John’s holiday season! Join the Festival and Chamber choirs as they sing selections from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Chamber Orchestra. Other works will include Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and John Tavener’s Today the Virgin. St.Theresa’s Church - 2:30 p.m.

January 13: It's Shostakovich's 100th birthday! The Regehr/Steeves duo return to the MUN series to present his dramatic cello sonata, as well as the music of Benjamin Britten and Chopin.

February 4: Opera! Opera Workshop will be partnering with the Chamber Orchestra to create an engaging evening of Operatic Entertainment.

February 10/11: Newfound Music. Some of the most exciting and moving music ever composed is being written in our lifetimes. The third annual Newfound Music mini-festival celebrates and explores this music through concerts performed by Memorial’s internationally-acclaimed faculty performers, and a full day of free seminars,workshops, discussions, and lectures on modern music.

March 4: Double Reids. As professional orchestral and chamber musicians, David and Patricia Reid have been performing on stage together for over 15 years.Here on their first joint recital, they will feature solo works for double bass, trombone and euphonium in addition to some monumental chamber works along with their School of Music colleagues.

March 10: 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 on the piano.

March 16: The Scruncheons present a dynamic spring concert of percussion classics as well as world premieres written by the groups own members. Not to be missed!

March 17: East meets North; West meets South. NSO musicians Lorne Buick and Theo Weber team up with MUN faculty members Kristina Szutor and Nancy Dahn for music of Chan Ka Nin, Carlos Guastavino, and Leonard Bernstein.

March 22: Sounds of Spring. Join the MUN Festival and Chamber Choirs in their annual salute to welcome spring.Venue: TBA

March 23: MUN Concert Band. A program of exciting traditional and new works for winds and percussion will be conducted by Donald Buell. Don’t miss it!

March 24: Four of Atlantic Canada’s top Singers Sung-Ha Shin-Bouey, Jane Leibel, Lisa Roy and Caroline Schiller join forces in this spectacular concert of French music – including a rare performance of Erik Satie’s Socrates.With pianists Richard Boulanger and Tom Gordon.

April 1: Duo Concertante Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves bring to the stage works by Beethoven's energetic Sonata No. 8, Fauré's magnificent Sonata in A major along with dazzling arrangements by Clifford Crawley of some alltime great opera arias.

April 5: Jazz After Hours. MUN’s Jazz Ensemble present a wonderful night of live jazz with a concert of jazz favourites and new features.

April 8: Chamber Orchestra. The MUN Chamber Orchestra appears in their final concert tonight.Don't miss this first-rate ensemble perform great symphonic masterworks!

May 26/27, June 2/3 Explore Newfoundland and Labrador Folksong. A series of four concerts exploring folksong in Newfoundland and Labrador, from the earliest traditional ballads to the contemporary creations of the province's most popular songmakers. The series will be hosted by Anita Best and will feature the work of some of the province's finest songmakers and players, established and emerging (Petro-Canada Hall).