The Music Department presents numerous performances each year, including recitals by faculty members, students, and guest artists, and concerts by large and small ensembles. Each Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm throughout both terms, we present our Collegia Musica, free public concerts that provide frequent opportunities for our students to perform, and Colloquia Musica, lectures, presentations, and workshops by faculty members, students, and guests on a wide variety of musical topics.
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Calendar of Events 2017-2018
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TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
Single Tickets - Adults $10 Seniors $5 Family $25
Subscriptions - Adults $50 Seniors $25 Family $75
All concerts are free for current Mount Allison students upon presentation of a valid ID card.
Student Recitals, Master classes, Ensemble Concerts, Collegia/Colloquia - Free Admission, all are welcome
Mount Allison Performing Arts Series - visit mta.ca/performingarts
Sackville Festival of Early Music - visit sackvilleearlymusic.com
Proceeds from these ticket and subscription sales support Music Department student scholarships. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased through the Music Department and at the door.
Some events listed in this calendar are not presented by the Department of Music or are ticketed separately. Tickets for these events are sold separately by their sponsors.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 – Faculty Gala Concert: Featuring performances by faculty members of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10 – Guest Recital: Andréa Tyniec, violin, and Stephen Runge, piano. Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, Schumann’s rarely-heard second sonata, and works by Canadian Ana Sokolovic for violin and piano. Brunton, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13 – Colloquium Musicum: Celebration of Student Research. "Changing Musical Identity in Post-War Britain: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem," by Keelin Howe. Brunton, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20 – Colloquium Musicum: Linda Pearse (Music), Martine Jomphe (MtA Music student) Karen Bamford (English), and Toni Roberts (Sociology) join together to present on The Kroměříž Archive–Dusting off the Music, The Social Construction and Production of the Body, and Musical Shakespeare. These concise presentations will provide context for three Sackville Festival of Early concerts taking place Sept 22-24, 2017. Admission is free, all are welcome. For details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 – Panel Discussion on the Body and Music: Members of the highly respected Canadian early music ensemble I Furiosi, Julia Wedman, Felix Deal, and James Johnstone, join with Mount A faculty members Vicki St. Pierre, Toni Roberts, and Fiona Black (chair) for an interdisciplinary discussion on the body in music, religion, and society in preparation for I Furiosi’s concert, Introduction to the Body. Admission is free, all are welcome. For details visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 – ¡Sacabuche! performs Hidden Treasures: the Austrian Habsburgs and the Kroměříž Archive. This unique program brings beautiful yet lesser-known works from Austria and Czech lands housed in the archives of the Kroměříž library and features vivid writing for voice, violins, cornettos, trombones, and organ by Bertali, Vismarri, Buonamente, Schmelzer, and Vejvanovsky. Featuring contralto Vicki St. Pierre, violinists Martie Perry and James Andrewes, cornetto/recorder Matthew Jennejohn, theorbo Daniel Zuluaga, sackbuts Maximilien Brisson, Adam Dillon, and Linda Pearse (Artistic Director), and organist Marie Bouchard. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 23 – I Furiosi presents Introduction to the Body. Everyone has a favourite body part – if not their own, then someone else’s. Join Toronto’s I Furiosi as they laud the various naughty and not-so-naughty bits. The concert starts at the top, and works its way down. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 24 – The Toronto Consort performs Shakespeare’s Songbook, under the direction of David Fallis. “If music be the food of love, play on!” So say we all, but just what music did Shakespeare have in mind when he penned those famous lines? This program features dances, fantasias, and vocal works, performed with lute, viola da gamba, recorders, harpsichord, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, and voices. Some of the pieces are taken directly from Shakespeare’s writings, and include such famous lyrics as “The Willow Song” from Othello, or “Full fathom five” from The Tempest. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton, 3 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPT. 25 – Collaborative Workshop on Creative and Scholarly Practice. Interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and scholars of different disciplines provokes questions about combined methodologies, shared creative and academic practices, and methods of communication. This presentation brings four different communities of creative practice: two Indigenous performers, Kwena Boivin and Owen Ma; Juno Award-winning Jazz saxophonist and composer Joel Miller; historian Dr. Ann Waltner and literary scholar John Watkins (University of Minnesota); and early music performers Linda Pearse and Vicki St. Pierre with the ensemble ¡Sacabuche! Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27 – Mid-Week Music - Guest Recital: Christianne Rushton, mezzo-soprano, and Robert Kortgaard, piano. Exploring Canadian Compositions for Voice and Piano - including Fleming’s The Confession Stone, excerpts from Raum’s Men I Have Known, and the world première of Instructions by composer Jeff Enns. Brunton, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 28 – Voice Master Class: Mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton works with students from the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 10:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 - Brass Master Class: Trombonist Cory Mixdorf works with students from the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 2:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 14 - Mount Allison Performing Arts Series presents The Elora Singers, one of Canada's foremest chamber choirs. Visit mta.ca/performingarts or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 19 – Matinee Pops Concert: Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. “A Pops Spectacular!” Movie favourites and feel-good music will dominate this opening concert by the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy a light-hearted concert featuring Dr. Greg Burton conducting music from Downton Abbey, House of Cards, The Mission, and more. Students from the Department of Music will be front and center as soloists. Convocation Hall, 10:00 a.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 19 – Pops Concert: Mount Allison Symphonic Band and Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. “A Pops Spectacular!” Movie favourites and feel-good music will dominate this opening concert by the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy a light-hearted concert featuring Dr. Greg Burton conducting music from Downton Abbey, House of Cards, The Mission, and more. Students from the Department of Music will be front and center as soloists. Convocation Hall, 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 28 – Guest Recital: Alexandra Smither, soprano, winner of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and Trevor Chartrand, piano. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 4 – Guest Recital: Get your jazz on! - Black Fly Brass presents a concert of newly commissioned arrangements for brass quartet by Venezuelan composer and arranger José Luis Colmenares. Works include three pieces from Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 2 and Piazolla’s Suite Latinoamerica. Featuring Rob Dutton (trumpet), Jonathan Astley (horn), Jim Tranquilla (trombone), Linda Pearse (bass trombone). Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 5 – Mount Allison Honour Band. Dr. Greg Burton conducts an ensemble made up of the top brass, woodwind, and percussion students from Maritime high schools. Convocation Hall, 1 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOV. 17 – Mount Allison Performing Arts Series presents the Mozart opera, Don Giovanni. Presented by Jeunesses Musicales, this will be the 11th annual J.E.A. Crake Concert, generously supported by the Crake Foundation. Visit mta.ca/performingarts or e-mail email@example.com for details. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 19 – Faculty Recital: "Paradoxes: the Life and Music of Fanny Hensel." The audience will experience a show in “promenade” theater style, finding themselves immersed in the 19th-century salon of Fanny Hensel. Performances by the Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, actors, vocal soloists, a string quartet, pianists, and even a horse-drawn carriage will be part of this interdisciplinary project, directed by Gayle h Martin and Glen Nichols. There will be limited audience capacity. Brunton, 3 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 20 - Brass Master Class: Trumpeter Karen Donnelly works with students from the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 20 – Guest Recital: Karen Donnelly, trumpet. Principal trumpet of the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa, Karen Donnelly performs a recital of major works for trumpet with pianist Lynn Johnson and joined by MtA faculty member Linda Pearse, bass trombone. Brunton, 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22 – Colloquium Musicum: Presentation by Tafelmusik. Brunton, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22 – Panel Discussion with Tafelmusik. Brunton, 7:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22 – Guest Recital: Tafelmusik’s J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation, presented by the Sackville Festival of Early Music. Canada’s award-winning period instrument ensemble performs an interdisciplinary, fully memorized concert program, combining text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans — papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers — who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. For details and tickets visit sackvilleearlymusic.com. Brunton 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 26 – Mount Allison Choral Society, directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin, performs excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with soloists Branden Olsen, Skylar Cameron, and Sébastien Leclerc. Brunton, 3 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 27 – New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 30 – Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra presents “Music of the Giants: Mahler, Mozart and Beethoven.” Under the direction of Dr. Greg Burton, the orchestra performs stunning works including Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, featuring Dr. Vicki St. Pierre as contralto soloist. Brunton Auditorium, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 1 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band presents “Wind Band Favourites,” concluding the fall term with a performance of timeless works for wind band. Dr. Greg Burton leads music of Holst, Wagner, and Beethoven juxtaposed with works by contemporary composers, blending the classics with the cutting edge. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 3 – Festival of Lessons and Carols, with the Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin. Free-will donations for the Sackville Food Bank will be accepted at the door. University Chapel, 3 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 5 – Christmas Collegium: Celebrate the holidays with the students and faculty of the Department of Music. M.Y.B. Conservatory Foyer, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6 – “Advent Organ Celebrations.” Gayle h Martin, organ. University Chapel, 12 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13 – “Advent Organ Celebrations.” Gayle h Martin, organ. University Chapel, 12 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10 – Mid-Week Music - Faculty and Guest Recital: Saxophonist Nicole Strum with Tristan deBorba, saxophone and David Rogosin, piano. Contemporary solo and duo works by Alex Mincek, Luciano Berio, Paul Mefano, Bernard Cavanna, Ann Cleare, and Canadian composer Claude Vivier. Brunton, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17 – Mid-Week Music - Faculty and Guest Recital: "Hommage à José Evangelista." Clarinetist Jean-Guy Boisvert and pianist Philippe Prud’homme present works by Stockhausen, Gibson, and Montreal composer José Evangelista. Brunton, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20 – Faculty and Guest Recital: “Britten for Two.” Pianists Adam Sherkin and Stephen Runge present Benjamin Britten’s music for two pianos, as well as works by Mozart and McPhee with which Britten was closely associated. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 26 – Faculty and Guest Recital: "Road Movies." Nadia Francavilla, violin, and Carl Philippe Gionet, piano, joined by students from the Department of Music, present minimalist music from the 1960’s to the present. Works by John Adams, Jordan Nobles, Philip Glass, Samuel Vriezen, and Terry Riley, as well as a commissioned short film by Fredericton-based visual artist Kelly Hill. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 28 – Faculty Recital: "Trombone, She Wrote: Music by Canadian Women Composers.” Experience the expressive side of the trombone from a Canadian perspective, with works by Jocelyn Morlock, F. Jane Naylor, Elizabeth Raum, Barbara York, and MtA alumna Monica Pearce. Featuring Dale Sorensen, trombone and euphonium, with Lynn Johnson, piano, and Erin Baruda, soprano. Brunton, 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 3 – Faculty Recital: David Rogosin, piano. Dr. Rogosin's new solo program features a chronological survey of works in variation form spanning five centuries. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 8 – Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Salle Neil-Michaud, U de Moncton, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 9 – Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14 – Voice Master Class: Lutenist Lucas Harris works with students from the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band, “Love in the Time of the Wind Band.” Dr. Greg Burton leads this special Valentine’s Day concert that will bring out the romantic in everyone. Operatic wedding processionals, energetic dances, and even a stunning arrangement of My Funny Valentine will create just the right mood for this heart-felt evening. Convocation Hall, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 – New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 – “Lenten Organ Reflections.” Gayle h Martin, organ. University Chapel, 12 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 – Mount Allison Opera Workshop, directed by Dr. Vicki St. Pierre. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 – “Lenten Organ Reflections.” Gayle h Martin, organ. University Chapel, 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 – Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra presents “Schubert’s Unfinished.” Often considered one of the greatest symphonies ever created, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 will be given a rare performance at Mount Allison. Dr. Greg Burton will lead an expanded Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra in a concert that will also feature pianist Dr. Stephen Runge. Brunton, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – Mount Allison Symphonic Band presents “Songs and Dances for Wind Band.” Dancing stars, Scottish dances, imaginary dancers, spiritual songs, and songs of passion will be at the core of this final performance by the Mount Allison Symphonic Band. Dr. Greg Burton conducts this rousing finale to the 2017-2018 concert season. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 – Mount Allison Choral Society, directed by Dr. Gayle h Martin, perform music by Telemann, Handel, Thompson, and Copland. Brunton, 3 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 13 – Convocation Weekend Recital. Performances by students of the Department of Music. Brunton, 2 p.m.
COLLEGIA MUSICA. Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Jan 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14 (University Chapel), Feb. 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4.