Music at Memorial 2016-17 Season

  • Ticket prices: $20 (general)/$15 (students & seniors) unless otherwise indicated.
  • Concert pass: any 10 admissions for $120 general/$80 (students & seniors) or any 5 admissions for $75 general/$60 (students & seniors).
  • All concerts take place in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall at 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
  • Tickets on sale at the door, and at TicketPro (web:,  phone: 1-888-311-9090, and at the Jack Byrne Arena on Torbay Road).

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*POSTPONED* Sept. 10 ‘S Wonderful! This concert has been rescheduled for 6 October.

**Sept. 24 Touched By Sound: Rob Power and Friends: Percussionist Rob Power is joined by collaborators Christine Carter (clarinet), Bill Brennan, Whitney Rowe, Andrew McCarthy (percussion), and Lady Cove Women's Choir, in a dynamic concert of chamber music featuring the music of John Wyre, Andrew Staniland, Alexina Louie, James Rolfe and more.

Sept. 28 Metamorfosi – Baroque Impressions: Constantinople comes back to MUN with the Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. This time, they offer us a unique program composed by Masterpieces of Italian Baroque music revised and rearranged by the soloist musicians of the ensemble and the soprano.

Oct. 06 'S Wonderful! Chamber Music for Voice, Clarinet and Piano Jane Leibel (soprano), Christine Carter (clarinet) and Maureen Volk (piano) perform a lively program of chamber music with a spotlight on beloved Canadian composers. Expect the unexpected with this playful line-up of repertoire, ranging from the madcap fun of A Little Light Music to the sultry tunes of Viva Gershwin.

Oct. 08 Pillorikput Inuit: Music from Moravian Labrador Inuit soloists Deantha Edmunds and Karrie Obed with the MUN Chamber Choir and Orchestra and the Nain Brass Band. 7 pm at St. Andrew’s Church. In collaboration with the katingavik inuit art festival. NOTE: CHANGE IN DATE.

Oct. 20 Talisman Strange sounds, noisy antics, ethereal tales of madness and mayhem: Talisman (Ellen Waterman flutes/voice, Andrew Staniland guitars/electronics) whips up a potent improvisational brew. Suncor Energy Hall.

Oct. 22 Duo Concertante: Come hear two hidden gems by Haydn and Dallapiccola, and two great masterpieces by Brahms and Franck!

Oct. 29 Wind/Brass/Percussion Fest Showcase: World class trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann headlines the closing concert of MUN's Wind/Brass/Percussion Fest featuring a varied program including MUN faculty members Alan Klaus, Karen Bulmer, Christine Carter, Michelle Cheramy, Kristina Szutor, and Rob Power with The Scruncheons percussion ensemble.

Nov. 04 Crazy For You: Join our voice faculty: Shelley Neville, Caroline Schiller and Jane Leibel, with pianist Maureen Volk, as they celebrate women on the edge in opera and song.

Nov. 05 James Ehnes, violin: As part of his cross-Canada 'Ehnes@40' tour, James Ehnes, together with pianist Andrew Armstrong, performs pieces by Handel and Beethoven, as well as a piece specially composed for this tour by Bramwell Tovey. Tickets are $30 general/ $20 students/seniors. Sorry – no concert passes.

Nov. 12 Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Scruncheons shake the house down in a rollicking program of energetic music for percussion ensemble. Fun for all ages!

**Nov. 17 Ouroboros: Ouroboros is a five piece world beat sax machine that draws from a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves from around the world: Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe and a healthy dose of jazz and funk. This is music that makes you move.

Nov. 18 Solo Explorations: Pianist Florian Hoefner presents his new solo repertoire of original compositions and improvisations. The program is inspired by sites and sounds of Newfoundland and was developed and recorded in the spring of 2016 at the Sendesaal Bremen, Germany with support by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. This will be the Canadian premiere of this new body of works.

Nov. 24 Shining with the Stars: The MUN Jazz Ensemble will perform works from the best contemporary big band composers in the galaxy.

Nov. 26 Invitation to the Castle: Christine Carter, Nancy Dahn, and Timothy Steeves present a program of trio repertoire in preparation for their debut recording at the Glenn Gould Studio in December. Join us for Francis Poulenc’s rarely performed incidental music to the play, "Invitation to the Castle", trios by Milhaud and Khachaturian, and "Tango!" by Canadian composer, Patrick Cardy.

Nov. 27 Rejoice and Be Merry: Join the MUN Festival and Chamber choirs for a reflective Advent and Christmas concert. Some of the finest works from the festive choral literature will leave you with the sense that the season of renewal and joy is upon us all. Concert Takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (The Kirk) at 3pm.

Nov. 30 MUN Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble opens their season with a series of classic repertoire and new works for winds. The program features Morton Gould’s Symphony No. 4, faculty member Michelle Cheramy performing the Gordeli Flute Concerto in D, and other works by Colgrass, Grainger, Biedenbender, and Nelson.

Dec. 02 A Century Passed: Music for Solo Piano from 1916-17 Pianist Stephen Runge explores music from one hundred years ago. This music for solo piano from Russian, French, and American composers was written in the midst of the First World War, and is in turn passionate, reflective, angry, and consoling.

Dec. 03 MUN Chamber Music Showcase: The repertoire is always a surprise and a delight to hear. Come enjoy this showcase of student chamber music ensembles as they present the fruits of their semester's work.

Jan. 14 Hungary for Cello: Ernö Dohnányi’s Sonata in b-flat minor, op. 8 for cello and piano and Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Solo Cello, also op. 8, are two rarely-heard Hungarian masterpieces performed with pizzazz by cellist Nathan Cook and pianist Phil Roberts.

Jan. 21 Song and Wind: Alan Klaus, trumpet, Jane Leibel, soprano, and Maureen Volk, piano present a program of chamber and solo music featuring contemporary Canadian and American works, plus a dash of baroque!

Jan. 26 Karem Simon, clarinet: Karem Simon returns to his hometown to perform some of his favorite clarinet monologues - character pieces, meditations, songs without words, dances without movement. Spanning three centuries, these works encompass transcriptions, staples of the clarinet repertoire, etudes and contemporary compositions, all of which have engaged his audiences.

**Feb. 01-03 Newfound XIV: Newfound XIV celebrates the music of here and now. The 2017 festival features the international award-winning Canadian guitarist and composer Steve Cowan as well as JUNO and ECMA winner Dinuk Wijeratne and his exuberantly creative boundary-crossing compositions. Newfound promises to be a fun-filled week of exciting new music performed and created by guest artists and MUN students and faculty.

Feb. 06 Bach, Watkins and Mozart: Join Kate Read, Tim Steeves and Christine Carter for an evening of well-loved chamber music, ranging from gentle and lyrical to cascading oceans of sound. Two of Bach's sublime Sonatas for Viola and Piano with Kate and Tim are interspersed with Mozart's well-loved Kegelstatt Trio and Huw Watkins' "Speak Seven Seas", 'a sea journey full of contrasts'.

Feb. 11 Waterways: Join Trinitas Chamber Ensemble (Michelle Cheramy, flute, Nathan Cook, cello and Philip Roberts, piano) on a journey of the mind and soul through Waterways. In a musical arc inspired by the Odyssey, works by George Crumb, Ravel, Hack Heggie and others immerse listeners in a world of intimate discovery. Featuring the world premiere of a new trio by Memorial alumnus Andrew Noseworthy.

Feb. 16 Tribute to Clifford Crawley: Pianists Maureen Volk and Beverley Diamond are joined by Jane Leibel, Michelle Cheramy and Christine Carter in a program of solo and chamber music by our beloved former colleague Clifford Crawley.

Mar. 03 Faculty Gala: Don't miss this popular and exciting concert with performances by a variety of the school’s finest faculty members!

Mar. 09 Post-Jazz: Multi-Juno Winner and Steinway Artist, David Braid meets one of Europe’s most creative violists, Oene Van Geel (NL), winner of the Boy Edgar, Deloitte, Kersje, and Sena Performers Toonzettens Awards.

Mar. 10 Drumming Up Ideas: The Scruncheons perform cutting edge percussion music, including new pieces written by the group’s own members. A night you won’t forget!

Mar. 18-19 Weekend at the Opera: The MUN Opera Program will announce its annual fully-staged production in October. Stay tuned! Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 and Sunday, March 19 at 2:00.

Mar. 25 Cello and Friends: Vernon Regehr delves into Bach’s much-loved D minor solo cello suite, followed by the lush Chopin sonata and Ravel’s resplendent masterpiece for piano trio, in collaboration with pianist Timothy Steeves and violinist Nancy Dahn.

**Mar. 26 Infinite Dimensions: A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, HYPERCUBE is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-n-roll. At home in electric and acoustic worlds, this group of gritty NYC musicians perform new, cutting-edge repertoire.

Mar. 30 Swing into Spring: The MUN Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Brennan, the group will deliver a concert that will ease those winter blues.

Mar. 31 Fanfare! The Toronto Symphony and the MUN Chamber Orchestra have co-commissioned Andrew Staniland to write a short fanfare as part of the Canadian Sesquicentennial, a premiere that will set the stage for Kassandra-Anne Demers, winner of the 2015 Concerto competition, in Liszt’s pyrotechnical piano concerto.

Apr. 01 Edelweiss: The MUN Festival and Chamber choirs perform some of the greatest works from the choral literature of Austria including selections from Mozart's "Krönungsmesse" and other choral compositions by Bruckner, Haydn and Schubert.

Apr. 05 MUN Wind Ensemble: The MUN Wind Ensemble closes their season with a concert of songs and dances, featuring Adam Gorb’s Yiddish Dances. Other works include music by Stephenson, Grainger, and Freund.

Apr. 08 MUN Chamber Music Showcase: Always a varied program of great chamber music, you're sure to enjoy this showcase of our student chamber music ensembles.

** Indicates concerts that feature our Alumni