August 28, 2009
Media Contact: Laurie Townsend
Phone: (604) 822-9161
Detailed information for our Wednesday Noon Hours series, UBC Opera Ensemble productions, the Borealis String Quartet series and special events are listed via the links at the end of this release.
UBC School of Music welcomes three new full-time faculty members: Dwight Bennett as Director of the UBC Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Graeme Langager as Director of Choirs; and Dr. Robert Taylor as Director of Bands. September will be wild and exhilarating when auditions take place and rehearsals begin. Almost every student in the School will be involved performing in, or with, one of these large ensembles. Check out the October page of the Concert Calendar for details of the first UBC concerts of our new conductors. All three are available for interviews.
Laurie Townsend, School of Music Concert and Communications Manager, is always available to answer any media questions, direct you to performers and faculty members you may want to interview, or to arrange tickets for any events you would like to attend.
The public may contact (604) 822-5574 to request a copy of our concert calendar or pick one up at the School of Music. Throughout the year up-to-date concert and special event information is available on the UBC School of Music website at www.music.ubc.ca.
Digital photos of UBC faculty, student ensembles and guest artists are also available upon request.
Celebrating 50 years of the Bachelor or Music Program at UBC. This is a special anniversary year for us at the UBC School of Music. In September 1959 the first Bachelor of Music students began their studies here at UBC.
Celebrations include many concerts that feature alumni performers and composers, faculty members past and present, plus other surprises throughout the year. The crowning event of the 50th anniversary will be a gala concert opening the newly restored Old Auditorium in the fall of 2010.
October 3: Nu: BC Collective - Canonada
Dorothy Chang Beyond Shadows for bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion
Somei Satoh Birds in Warped Time for violin and piano
Gerard Grisey Talea for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Kamran Ince MKG Variations for solo cello
Pierre Jodlowski Serie Noir for piano and tape
Phillippe Leroux ppp for flute and piano
Marc Mellits Canonada for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
This concert in the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre features Nu:BC founders Paolo Bortolussi (flute), Eric Wilson (cello) and Corey Hamm (piano), joined by Jeanette Bernal-Singh (violin), Caroline Gauthier (clarinet), Brian Nesselroad (percussion) as well as UBC’s new orchestral conductor, Dwight Bennett.
“…Vancouver's new UBC-based contemporary music ensemble Nu:BC is a dream gift. One of the best additions to local new music circles, this collective of first-rate performers offers the right missionary zeal for new music and its inevitable challenges and controversies.”
~ David Gordon Duke, The Vancouver Sun, April 10th, 2008
Presented by The Nu:BC Collective in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the UBC School of Music.
November 14: Scholarship Winners Concert The UBC
School of Music is fortunate to have a number of scholarships available to students showing great promise in music performance. This concert showcases a number of our scholarship recipients and honours the many individuals who have contributed to these scholarship funds.
December 5: Bach and Beethoven Choral and Orchestra Masterworks
UBC’s choral and orchestral forces join together for an evening at the Chan Centre.
Bach Magnificat in D, Beethoven Prometheus Overture, Beethoven Mass in C, Op. 86
University Singers, UBC Choral Union, UBC Symphony Orchestra Graeme Langager and Dwight Bennett, conductors
March 6 and 7: Knigge Music Competition at the UBC School of Music
The UBC School of Music is proud to announce the third Knigge Music Competition for solo piano. Eight finalists, chosen by a jury in December, will compete in the Final Round at the Recital Hall on March 6. The Winners’ Concert (March 7) will be open to the public.
Final Round Saturday March 6: Eight finalists will present a 45-minute recital each. Performances will take place throughout the day starting at 9:00 am. (Audience members may enter and leave between recitals) Winners will be announced that evening after jury deliberations.
Winners' Concert Sunday March 7: At 2:00 p.m. we present the top four pianists in a Winners' Concert, followed by a ceremony to present the prizes
Click on the links below to view this season's Opera, Wednesday Noon Hour, and Borealis String Quartet events.