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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. 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.
Details of Newfound XIV's events are here.
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, Christine Carter, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves 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. 11 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! Rescheduled from January.
Mar. 18-19 Weekend at the Opera: The MUN Opera Program will announce its annual fully-staged production soon. 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