Music At Memorial 2018/19 Concert Notes
Music At Memorial Mainstage Series
The Watershed Ensemble presents its premiere performance this fall as part of the Music@MUN series. Watershed is a collaborative chamber ensemble consisting of local musicians, many of whom have studied at Memorial University. With its diverse assortment of performers, Watershed will be able to explore chamber works for various instrumentations as well as music for small orchestra. This program features Nonet 2 by Bohuslav Martinu, Mozart's Serenade in Eb K. 375, and Sinfonietta by Francis Poulenc.
The Mosaique Project
Ensemble Made In Canada is a touring piano quartet embarking on a new season featuring the Mosaïque Project: a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada. The ensemble, featuring Angela Park (piano), Elissa Lee (violin), Sharon Wei (viola), and special guest Vernon Regehr (cello), will round out the program with Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60.
Winners of the 2018 Juno Award for Best Jazz Album, ‘the North’ features Canadian jazz icons David Braid (piano) and Mike Murley (sax), in collaboration with Scandinavian jazz greats Anders Morgensen (percussion) and Johnny Aman (bass). Co-presented by the Wreckhouse Jazz Festival, this concert promises to be an unforgettable evening of music.
Formed in 2008 the Paddywagon Trombone Quartet is the longest continuously running chamber ensemble in the history of the School of Music. Join past, present and future Paddies as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this legendary group. See mun.ca/music for a complete schedule of events.
Sistema NB has verified the possibility of transformative social change through music and the orchestra. They have demonstrated that great art is for everyone and that it has the power to improve the lives of children and their families and enhance our society. Faculty from Sistema NB join with MUN School of Music faculty for an amazing collaborative concert event.
From Sea to Sea
Trinitas Chamber Ensemble (Michelle Cheramy, flute, Nathan Cook, cello, Phil Roberts, piano) celebrates Canadian composers from coast to coast with a program that includes the engaging "Suite of Dances" Larysa Kuzarenko, the humorous "Nervous Disorder" by Michael Horwood, evocative “Gargoyles” by David L. McIntyre, mesmerizing “Bagatelles” by Dorothy Chang, and the world premiere of a stellar new trio, "Moon Phases" by MUN student Stephen Eckert.
POSTPONED It Goes Without Saying
Freund and Friends
Charismatic virtuoso Alex Freund has toured the world as a trumpet soloist and founding member of the renowned M5 Mexican Brass. He will be joined by Kristina Szutor (piano) and Alan Klaus (trumpet) for a program including works by Bach, Gluck, Brandt, and others.
Invitation CD Launch
Join clarinetist Christine Carter and award-winning Duo Concertante for the release of their debut trio album, "Invitation" (Marquis). Repertoire will include a number of selections from the new album and Bartok's incomparable "Contrasts."
I came here as a stranger; As a stranger I depart
This performance has been cancelled.
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.
It Goes Without Saying
Husband and wife team Florian Hoefner (piano) and Christine Carter (clarinet)pair up for their first full-length concert as a duo. Join them for the world premiere of Hoefner's "Suite for Clarinet and Piano", Randy Woolf's 'achingly exquisite' "Everything is Green", Nico Muhly's "It Goes Without Saying", and a series of spellbinding improvisations.
Alan Klaus (trumpet), Kristina Szutor (piano) and Bill Brennan (piano) with guests Nathan Cook (cello), Matthew Hardy (double bass), and Liam Robbins (percussion) present a varied program ranging from Haydn's timeless Concerto in E-Flat to the world premiere of a new piece by Clark Ross.
Music at Noon Concert Series
MUN School of Music faculty members Sylvie Proulx (guitar), and Dr. Nancy Dahn (violin) launch our exciting new MUSIC@Noon series with a program featuring recent works by trending guitar composers including Maximo Pujol, Stephen Goss and Atanas Ourkouzounov. 50 minutes - absolutely free
Trumpet and Pipes
Trumpeter Alan Klaus is joined by virtuoso organist Stephen Candow for a majestic and beautiful program as part of their tour of Newfoundland.
Last Minute Waltz
A short and FREE lunch hour concert of music by Bach (Sonata in E) and Beethoven (Kreutzer).
Dr. Ellen Waterman and Dr. Teresa Connors present Integrated Ecologies - a series of works that sit at the crossroads of improvisation, generative systems and ecological thinking. The practice incorporates equal parts performance, creative coding and site-specific field recordings to explore sympoetic musical interactions.
A program of twentieth century romantic and jazzy works for flute, strings and piano featuring Michelle Cheramy, flute; Kate Read, viola, Daniel Fuchs, violin; Nathan Cook, cello; Kristina Szutor, piano.
Song & Dance
MUN Music alumus Michael Lee performs a solo piano concert of music inspired by dance and the lyicism of the human voice.
Haydn Seek II
School of Music Piano Professor Timothy Steeves returns with more Haydn sonatas in a recital featuring three early gems and the beautiful Sonata No. 49.
Music At Memorial Ensemble Series
Here Come the Drummers!
The Scruncheons take to the stage with an energetic and eclectic program of music for percussion ensemble. Bring your family and friends and settle in for an hour of fun and fascination!
Basie Straight Ahead
Under new director Florian Hoefner, the MUN Jazz Ensemble goes back to the roots of big band jazz and brings you an afternoon of classics from the swing era and beyond.
The MUN Wind Ensemble acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and the signing of the armistice, with a selection of works that pays tribute to men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. Works include Copland’s Letter from Home, Robert Spittal’s Pacem, and Michael Snelgrove’s The Pensive Veteran: A Reflection of a World War II Soldier.
Memorial University Festival and Chamber Choirs will mark the Leonard Bernstein centenary in style by performing his beloved Chichester Psalms in unique arrangement for organ, harp and percussion. The combination with Petr Eben’s mystical composition Missa Adventus et Quadragesimae will leave you with the sense that the season of renewal and hope is upon us all.
In the Market for a Concert?
Come hear the MUN Symphony Orchestra at the amazing new St. John’s Farmers Market! Following Schumann’s Manfred Overture, St. John’s native Ms. Siobhan Donovan will take the stage to sing Berlioz’s ravishing song cycle, “Les Nuits D’ete”, followed by Beethoven’s unabashedly exuberant Symphony No. 8!
Ticket prices for this show are $22 (general)/$16 (students & seniors)
An Afternoon at the Opera
A performance showcasing MUN’s talented voice majors. Check mun.ca/music for more information about the program available in November.
MUN student chamber ensembles present a musical variety show. There could be Brahms. There could be Milhaud. Segovia? Piazzolla? Why not? Details will be available mid-November online, or you can just come knowing that the hard work of our undergraduate and graduate students will provide something for everyone.
Drum Roll Please!
The Scruncheons bring to you an afternoon of exciting new works for percussion. This concert will feature world premieres from members of the Scruncheons, highlighting the magical world of percussion.
New and Old
The MUN Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Brennan, offers a concert of new compositions and classic repertoire. Pieces include brilliant works from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, and Julie Giroux’s stunning composition One Life Beautiful.
Memorial University Festival and Chamber Choirs will pay a tribute to the choral excellence of French romanticism and impressionism by performing three masterpieces by Gabriel Fauré (Requiem), Claude Debussy (Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans) and Camille Saint-Saëns (Deux Choeurs).
The MUN Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Florian Hoefner presents an afternoon of exciting contemporary big band jazz by living composers from Canada and the United States.
Another smorgasbord of student chamber ensemble excellence. Come and be delightfully surprised, or check online mid-March to see what's in store.
MUN Opera and Chamber Orchestra collaborate on a fully staged production to be announced in October. Stay tuned!
MUN Opera and Chamber Orchestra present a fully staged opera - check mun.ca/music in October for details.