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Faculty Concert Series: Eloquence, Verve and Fantasy

October 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Faculty Concert Series
Eloquence, Verve and Fantasy

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello
And guest Jane Hayes, piano

A captivating concert of works for cello and piano featuring UVic School of Music cellist, Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, and guest pianist Jane Hayes. Be among the first to hear the world premiere of a composition by Leila Lustig. Experience the fusion of innovative musical expression and timeless craftsmanship as the cello and piano weave together in harmonious dialogue. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Mendelssohn’s “Variations Concertante, Op. 17” and feel the emotional depth of each note in this musical tapestry of evocative motifs and variations. Indulge in the romantic fantasies of Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke, Op. 73” with Aloni and Hayes as your guides through a series of enchanting character pieces, each a poetic reflection of emotion and sentiment. Finally, feel the intensity of Strauss’s evocative “Sonata, Op. 6,” a testament to the power of musical expression.



Praised for her “meltingly beautiful solos” (The Detroit News) and performances of “depth and insight” (Times Colonist), Pamela Highbaugh Aloni performs regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician and is an Associate Professor at UVic where she teaches cello, chamber music and string pedagogy. A founding member of the prize-winning Lafayette String Quartet, she and her colleagues celebrated 37 years of musical life together before taking their final bow in August 2023. Highlights with the LSQ included performing all sixteen Beethoven string quartets, a 30th anniversary Shostakovich Cycle, a Second Viennese School project, the commissioning of five new quartets by women composers, and the initiation of the Lafayette Health Awareness Forum. Ms. Highbaugh Aloni coaches the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra cello section, and at the Sooke Chamber Music workshop. She has performed with the Vetta Ensemble of Vancouver, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, Victoria Summer Festival, Sooke Philharmonic, Eine Kleine Summer Music, Chamber Music San Juan, and was principal cellist with the Galiano Ensemble. Pamela plays on a George Craske cello made in 1850.

Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Dr. Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe. As a performer and teacher, Jane has been noted for her involvement in making contemporary music accessible to audiences, students and teachers and has premiered many new works written for her and for her two-piano Yarilo Ensemble. In addition to being a founding member of Vancouver’s Turning Point ensemble and the Yarilo Ensemble, she is a regular partner of clarinetist Francois Houle, appearing in recitals and workshops throughout Canada. Jane is currently Director of Keyboard Studies at KPU and was awarded Honorary Life Member status in 2011 for her work in the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.

Pay What You Can (you choose how much you’d like to pay for your ticket):
Tier 1: $12
Tier 2: $20
Tier 3: $28
Tier 4: $35
Advance tickets available through the UVic Ticket Centre (online, in-person and by phone). Advance tickets sales close at 12pm on Oct. 27.
Tickets also available at the door (cash, credit, debit accepted).
All seating is general admission.
1 complimentary ticket available at the door for all UVic School of Music students.


October 27, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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School of Music, University of Victoria
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Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada
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