Music at Memorial 2017-18 Season

  • Ticket prices: $22 (general)/$16 (students & seniors) unless otherwise indicated.
  • Ensemble series: $18 for adults, $14, students and seniors, $5 for 12 and under. 
  • Concert pass: any 10 admissions for $140 general/$90 (students & seniors).
  • Tickets on sale at the door 30 minutes prior to performance or anytime online at Purchase by phone at 1-888-311-9090 or at the Jack Byrne Arena on Torbay Road.

New for the 2017/18 season

  • Event start times have changed this year, with most faculty concerts at 7:30pm, and ensemble concerts at 1:30pm.  Venues are also a little more varied than previously. Times and venues for all events are noted in the descriptions below.
  • We now accept Mastercard/Visa/Interac at the box office.
  • Our ticketing system is now fully integrated with Ticketpro. The price you pay at the box office and at Ticketpro is the same. 

SEP 15: CANADA 150! (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) What better way to launch the Music@Memorial 2017/2018 concert season than by celebrating the 150th birthday of this fair nation. Faculty members and friends of the School of Music collaborate to present a captivating and varied program of music relating to the history of Canada.

SEP 23: REACTION SHOT (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) How do we react to turmoil, both inner and outer? Tuba player Karen Bulmer explores this question and how we might answer it in a unique multi-media concert. Featuring Tim Steeves on piano and Ellen Waterman on flute.

SEP 28: NEW VOICES: EARTHQUAKES AND ISLANDS (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) A newly commissioned work by esteemed Canadian composer Andrew Staniland on the brutally honest, strange and powerful poetry of Robin Richardson, paired with Schumann’s masterpiece Dichterliebe Op. 48. In collaboration with Debut Atlantic.

OCT 20: LABYRINTH OF LOVE (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Enjoy an evening of humour, mystery and intrigue as soprano Jane Leibel joins forces with conductor Dr. Paul DeCinque and the MUN Wind Ensemble for a performance of Michael Daugherty’s “Labyrinth of Love” and Bernstein’s “Selections from Candide.”

OCT 21: (DATE CHANGE!) RAPHAEL LUSTCHEVSKY (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Internationally acclaimed Polish concert pianist and Steinway artist Raphael Lustchevsky has performed in numerous prestigious concerts halls around the world, and visits Canada this year under the official patronage of Mr. Stephen de Boer, the Ambassador of Canada to Poland. Considered an expert interpreter of Fryderyk Chopin, his 9 CDs have been released by Japanese, Polish, Swiss and German labels.

OCT 28: BETWEEN FRIENDS (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Flutist Michelle Cheramy celebrates 20 years with the School of Music at Memorial collaborating with friends in a program of solo and chamber works spanning the 19th through 21st centuries. Performers include Kristina Szutor, Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn/Tim Steeves), Rob Power, Jack Etchegary, Liam Robbins, and Trinitas Chamber Ensemble (Phil Roberts/Nathan Cook). Music by Mendelssohn, Crumb, Guillaume Connesson, Nini Rota and the world premiere of a new piece for solo flute by Andrew Staniland.

NOV 12: SHAKE IT OFF – SCRUNCHEONS (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: Spend your afternoon enjoying the magic of percussion as the Scruncheons take to the stage with a riveting performance of new works. A little something for everyone!

NOV 19: WORLD TOUR – MUN WIND ENSEMBLE (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: Join the MUN Wind Ensemble for their Fall concert as they present music from around the globe. Works on the program include Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto featuring Dr. Karen Bulmer as guest soloist, and Martin Ellerby’s Paris Sketches.

NOV 25: FALL INTO JAZZ – MUN JAZZ ENSEMBLE (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: Under the direction of Bill Brennan, the MUN Jazz Ensemble brings you an afternoon of lively Latin offerings and scintillating swing gems.

NOV 26: CHRISTIANE RIEL AND LOUIS TREPANIER (7:00 pm, Suncor Energy Hall) Rhythmic verve, musical subtlety and haunting melodies come together in a spirited collaboration merging the talents of soprano Christiane Riel and guitarist Louis Trepanier. As a gift to you; a musical exploration of the quixotic Latin/Hispanic soul and a new work by Canadian composer Christine Donkin especially written for this duo.

NOV 26: CHRISTMAS PROCLAMATION – MUN CHAMBER CHOIR AND MUN FESTIVAL CHOIR (3:00 pm, “The Kirk” St. Andrews Presbyterian Church) Ensemble Series: Traditional English Cathedral Compositions performed by the MUN Choirs! Some of the finest choral works from the festive choral literature by Tallis, Ledger, Britten, Willcocks and Rutter’s Gloria will leave you with the sense that the season of renewal and joy is upon us all.

DEC 01: A CRAWLEY CHRISTMAS - DUO CONCERTANTE (7:30 pm, Suncor Energy Hall) Get into the spirit of the holidays with a concert of fabulous and original Christmas arrangements by Clifford Crawley. Performed by Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Tim Steeves, piano) as they launch their first Christmas album!

DEC 02: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MATINEE (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: The MUN Chamber Orchestra presents an afternoon of well-known favourites including music by Rossini and Verdi.

DEC 03: CHAMBER MUSIC SHOWCASE (1:30 pm, Suncor Energy Hall) Ensemble Series: Small, conductorless ensembles made up of undergraduate and graduate students present an exciting musical variety show. Could be Beethoven. Might include Thelonious Monk! More details in mid-November.

JAN 14: SILENCED VOICES (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Suzanne Snizek, professor of flute at the University of Victoria, performs a recital of “suppressed” music: music by composers who have been threatened, imprisoned, killed, or had their work denied performance by governments for political or religious reasons. Also featuring pianists Kristina Szutor, Philip Roberts and soprano Jane Liebel, this program presents several rarely-heard works and is a powerful reminder of the sometimes troubled relationship between art and ideology.

JAN 19: ART OF THE TRIO (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Florian Hoefner (piano) presents his new Toronto-based trio, featuring Newfoundland native Jim Vivian on bass and Nick Fraser on drums. The ensemble will play a combination of Florian’s notable originals and jazz standards.

JAN 31-FEB 02: NEWFOUND MUSIC FESTIVAL 15! (School of Music) The annual NewFound Music Festival celebrates new music through performances, guest lectures and a wide ranging symposium component. Concerts and session details for the 15th Anniversary edition of the festival will be announced in the coming months so please stay tuned.

FEB 09: ROMANTICS TO RAGTIME – SOLO PIANO (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Memorial Alumnus Patrick Cashin returns to play this varied program uniting 19th-Century Europe with 20th-Century America. The contrasting styles are brought closer together through two touching song arrangements by the great improvisers of each era.

FEB 10: ***CANCELLED*** PORTRAITS OF RAVEL (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn violin, and Tim Steeves piano) and Vernon Regehr (cello) present Maurice Ravel’s sonata for violin, duo for violin and cello, and masterful Piano Trio in A minor. ***CANCELLED***

FEB 16: MODERN RAGA – MARIMBA AND TABLA (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Comprised of Dr. Rod Squance on marimba and Abbas Janmohamed on tabla, this exciting improvisational duo perform their unique take on North Indian classical raga music, with repertoire ranging from devotional songs and folk tunes to romantic pieces and serious classical works.

FEB 17: JON KIMURA PARKER PLAYS GERSHWIN AND BERNSTEIN (7:30 pm, Holy Heart Theatre) Internationally renowned Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker takes to the Holy Heart Theatre stage performing Gershwin’s iconic “Rhapsody in Blue” with the MUN Symphony Orchestra. Generously supported by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute 150 concerts, the program will feature a newly commissioned work by Kelly-Marie Murphy, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.

MAR 02: FACULTY GALA! (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) One of the most anticipated concerts of the Music@Memorial season, the Faculty Gala is filled with virtuosic performances, surprising collaborations and flourishes of fun and humour. Join us for an entertaining evening with School of Music Faculty and some incredible student performers.

MAR 03: HOMAGE AND INSPIRATION – IRIS TRIO (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Praised for their “sensitivity and great tonal beauty,” the Iris Trio (Christine Carter clarinet, Molly Carr viola, and Anna Petrova piano) premieres their new program, Homage and Inspiration, in advance of their German tour and recording at the Sendesaal Bremen. Homage and Inspiration intertwines and rediscovers the past and present through two pairs of trios for clarinet, viola and piano: Gyorgy Kurtag’s Hommage a R. Schumann with Robert Schumann’s Fairytales, and Christof Weiß’s Conversation Among Friends with Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio.

MAR 16: 70’S HIT LISZT (7:30 pm, Suncor Energy Hall) Collaborators Sylvie Proulx, Joe Argentino and Clark Ross have curated this concert extravaganza celebrating 70’s art rock bands’ and pop artists’ infatuation with classical music. This event features School of Music faculty, star students, and the MUN Chamber Choir.

MAR 17: A SCRUNCHEON ST. PADDY’S DAY (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: The Scruncheons will perform classic compositions and a selection of newer works, highlighting the fascinating world of percussion.

MAR 24: SWING INTO SPRING (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: The MUN Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Brennan, brings to you the best in Canadian and American contemporary big band music.

MAR 24: GREAT ART IN TROUBLED TIMES (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn violin, and Tim Steeves piano) perform four 20th Century violin and piano masterpieces reflecting the influences of two World Wars and lost love in an uncertain but highly creative time.

MAR 25: HOW I WONDER: (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: Join the MUN Chamber and Festival Choirs HOW I WONDER (1:30, D.F. Cook Recital Hall), an afternoon of choral compositions showcasing this beautiful province! Join the MUN Chamber and Festival Choirs under the direction of Dr. Jakub Martinec, with graduate students in Choral Conducting. Also featured in the show is Dr. Kristina Szutor (piano), Holly Winter (clarinet) and Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, under direction of Chad Stride. Tickets are $18 (adults), $14 students/seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under.

APR 01: TRUMPET POWER (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall) Ensemble Series: Join the MUN Wind Ensemble for their Spring Concert, featuring Katherine Moffatt as guest soloist performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

APR 06: WEEKEND AT THE OPERA (7:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall)
APR 07: WEEKEND AT THE OPERA (1:30 pm, DF Cook Recital Hall)
Ensemble Series: The MUN Opera Workshop and MUN Chamber Orchestra collaborate to present a fully-staged opera production to be announced in October. Please check back for all the details.

APR 08: CHAMBER MUSIC SHOWCASE 2.0 (1:30 pm, Suncor Energy Hall) Ensemble Series: Our student chamber music programs second round of offerings. From intimate to raucous, the results of our students’ self-directed rehearsal efforts will provide something for everyone. More specifics available on the website in mid-March.

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