2006-7 Concert Season

September 9: Encore! Cellist Theo Weber and pianist Kristina Szutor give an encore performance of their recent recital for the ”International Cello Encounter” in Rio de Janeiro with Dohnanyi’s fabulous but little known Cello Sonata as well as works by Haydn, Gavin Bryars, Arvo Pärt and Malcolm Forsyth (Petro-Canada Hall).

September 11: Gala Re-Opening Concert. Twenty years and billions of notes after it first opened, the School of Music’s premiere concert hall celebrates its renaissance. Join dozens of your favourite musicians for a gala concert to re-open the D. F. Cook Recital Hall.

September 15: Duo Concertante and Blue Engine. Violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves join Halifax’s acclaimed Blue Engine String Quartet in Mozart’s spirited C major Viola Quintet, Brian Current’s riveting Faster Still (world premiere commissioned by CBC Radio) and the magnificent Chausson Concert.

September 29: Voyage to Canada. Leave your musical baggage behind and travel with soprano, Caroline Schiller and pianist, Kristina Szutor on an engagingly exuberant exploration of Canada in Song. Included are works by John Greer, Imant Raminsh, and John Beckwith.

September 30: Power Plays: Rob Power and Friends An exciting concert of works featuring percussion, including Takemitsu's haunting trio Rain Tree.

October 14: Oom-pah-pah. In performances of music by Schumann, Debussy, the Beatles, and others, MUN’s newest Low-Brass Instructor, Karen Bulmer, will demonstrate that there is more to the tuba than oom- pah-pah.

October 18: Luc Beauséjour & Martha Guth. Harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour and Canadian soprano Martha Angeline Guth are known for their elegance, virtuosity, and expressivity.

October 26: Murley-Braid Quartet. A newly formed jazz group dedicated to the performance of original compositions by its co-leaders, and marked by a unique synergy between its members, featuring special guest Tara Davidson.

November 3 New face – Old friend. MUN’s new flutist Christine Gangelhoff, makes her School of Music debut and shares the stage with MUN’s soprano Catherine Fitch.

November 4: Cabaret Concert. Julia Halfyard’s Cabaret is quite simply a fantastic night out! From comedic to lyrical, from the dramatic to the utterly foolish – Julia’s Cabaret has a little something for everyone, whatever your taste!

November 8: MUN Chamber Orchestra opens their new season tonight, performing Edward Grieg's beloved Holberg Suite and Schubert's lively Symphony No. 3. An energetic performance with Vernon Regehr at the helm.

November 10: Going for Baroque Harpsichordist Mary O’Keeffe, cellist Kelly Walsh and friends from across the St. John’s professional music community offer a sampler of chamber music from the time of Bach.

November 13: The Kreutzer Project. The Penderecki String Quartet visits Memorial for a fascinating look at Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata, as projected through the lens of Janacek, Jeff Ryan, and Beethoven. Cellist Vernon Regehr joins them in a string quintet arrangement of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin.

November 22: MUN Concert Band. Exciting music, exciting band, MUN’s Concert Band debuts a new sound this year under the baton of Grant Etchegary.

November 24: Music for the End of Time. Olivier Messiaen’s haunting exploration of the Apocalypse receives a memorable performance at the hands of Nancy Dahn, Paul Bendzsa, Vernon Regehr and Kristina Szutor. With soprano Caroline Schiller.

November 26: Andrew Mah. Born in Ottawa into a family of guitarists, Andrew Mah is widely regarded for his virtuosity, versatility, and heartfelt musicality.

November 30: MUN Jazz Band. MUN’s virtuosi of swing enliven the Hall with a concert of jazz favourites and new features, under the direction of Pat Boyle.

December 3: Festival/Chamber Choir, 3 pm (Gower Street United Church) Annual presentation of Advent and Christmas music by the MUN Festival and Chamber Choirs. Highlights include splendid double chorus music of Heinrich Schütz and the Gabriellis, culminating with Daniel Pinkham’s spectacular Christmas Cantata. Add a carol sing-along and you won’t want to miss it!

December 5: Rising Stars. Join us for an evening of chamber music brought to life by our undergraduate and graduate students (free).

January 12: Maureen Volk. An evening of solo piano music from the witty to the sublime, featuring Haydn's Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50, Chopin's Ballade no. 4, and preludes by Claude Debussy and Clifford Crawley.

February 8/9/10: NewFound Music IV. This mini-festival explores the best in contemporary music with works by established, emerging, and student composers. February 8th will be a full day of free seminars, workshops, discussions, and lectures on modern music. Featured composers this year will include our newest faculty member, Kati Agòcs, and our SOCAN Foundation Composer-in-Residence.

February 14: New Talent on the Podium! The MUN Chamber Choir will feature works conducted by Master of Music/Choral Conducting students Andrew Cranston and Kiera Galway as part of their degree requirements.

March 2: The Cardinal Points of the compass point toward Memorial once more as Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves combine with Rennie and Vernon Regehr in a concert highlighted by Brahms' brooding Quartet in c minor.

March 9: MUN Music Alumni Sean Rice, clarinet, and Angela Pickett, viola, take a break from their graduate studies in New York to join pianist Maureen Volk in a program ranging from Mozart's exquisite Kegelstadt Trio to Kurtag's Hommage â R. Schumann.

March 15: MUN Chamber Orchestra presents the 2007 concerto competition winner- you never know if you might just hear tomorrow's 'next big thing'!

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

March 17: Tokai String Quartet was formed in August 2002, and since this time they have made themselves known as one of Toronto's finest young ensembles. Featuring Newfoundland’s own Rafael Hoekman on cello!

March 21: MUN Jazz Band. Celebrating jazz of all stripes, and flavours. Cook Hall swings tonight with the MUN Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Pat Boyle.

March 25/26: Opera. Join the MUN Opera Workshop for another fun-filled season of mischief and mayhem. 7:30 pm on Sunday and 1:30 Monday matinee.

March 30/31: Festival Choir joins the NSO and the Philharmonic Choir in one of the most popular choral works of all time, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Contact the NSO for ticket information.

April 4: MUN Concert Band concert is always a lively finale to the semester. Join conductor Grant Etchegary for a rousing evening of new and familiar music!

April 28: MUN Chamber Orchestra has been invited to perform at the international Festival of Ensembles in St. Petersburg Russia. Join us for a gala send off concert for this exciting musical adventure.

May 4: Goldberg Variations. J. S. Bach’s chef d’oeuvre for harpsichord comes to life in the dazzling acoustics of Petro-Canada Hall with harpsichordist Mary O’Keeffe.