UVic Music e-Pulse                                          Nov–Dec 2017

Chorus & Orchestra Gala Concert with Maestro Timothy Vernon

Saturday, December 2 | 8 PM
University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

The UVic School of Music is honoured to welcome Timothy Vernon as guest conductor of the UVic Chorus and Orchestra on the special occasion of its 50th anniversary. Founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria (POV), Maestro Vernon has earned the admiration of audiences and fashioned POV into one of the city’s true cultural treasures. Renowned for the quality of its often-challenging productions and for bold programming that can range from Handel to contemporary works, POV has proven itself as arguably the most successful, innovative and progressive arts organization in the country—primarily thanks to Maestro Vernon.

Earlier in 2017, Vernon was recognized by UVic for his leadership and achievements with an Honorary Doctor of Music (DMus). He addressed the Fine Arts graduating class at their convocation on June 13.

“Bringing Timothy in is a way of recognizing our commitment to the community, as well as his honorary degree,” says School of Music director, Christopher Butterfield about the concert. “We wanted to make him part of this experience by having him choose the music and work with our students.”

Maestro Vernon will conduct the UVic Orchestra in Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture. School of Music faculty pianist Arthur Rowe and trumpeter Merrie Klazek will join the orchestra for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for Strings and Trumpet, and the UVic Chorus, Chamber Singers and Orchestra will perform together in G. F. Handel’s sacred choral composition Utrecht Te Deum.

During intermission, place your bid on local items—from gift baskets to attractions—in a silent auction. Funds raised will support the School of Music's 50th Anniversary season.

Mingle with the performers at a cake reception in the University Centre lobby following the concert.


Let's Celebrate: Reunion Weekend

December 1-3

The School of Music is excited to host its first-ever reunion. Doors will be open to five decades of alumni, past and current instructors and staff—as well as their families—for a weekend of reminiscing with old friends and meeting new ones.

Weekend events include our gala Chorus and Orchestra concert with guest maestro, Timothy Vernon, an open house, social & dinner, campus tour, and many opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow alumni.

An “Open Mic” concert on Sunday, Dec. 3 invites reunion guests to perform on the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall stage once again. Reconnect with a chamber group from your school days, get on stage with more recent collaborators, or perform solo. This concert is just for you! (Sign up to perform by November 23.)

Many Reunion Weekend events are free and special rates are available to alumni for ticketed events. Please be sure to register by November 27.


Open House: A Day in the Life at the School of Music

Friday, December 1 | 12-5 PM

Get a glimpse into the life of a music student when the School of Music opens its doors to the community for the day. Take a tour of the facilities, attend a concert, lecture or masterclass. This will be a great opportunity to meet students and faculty or to connect with fellow alumni.

The afternoon offers a brief guided tour of the facilities including the Recital Hall (12 pm), a Fridaymusic concert featuring School of Music guitar students (12:30 pm), “Jingle Brass” (1:30 pm), a voice masterclass with Benjamin Butterfield (2:30 pm), a Chamber Music Masterclass with guest violinist Kerry DuWors & pianist Stephen Runge (2:30 pm), and a chance to be a Sound Recording Techniques student with Kirk McNally (3:30 pm).

Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies while browsing the collection of photographs and posters from the School of Music’s archives on display in the MacLaurin B-Wing Lobby.

All are welcome to attend this free event! Drop in on a session or two, or stay for the afternoon.

Orion Series in Fine Arts presents
Kerry DuWors, violin & Stephen Runge, piano

Saturday, December 2 | 2:30 PM
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall

In a concert of music “From 1917 in 2017,” this dynamic alumni duo performs works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Elgar and Rachmaninoff.

Canadian violinist, chamber musician and educator, Kerry DuWors (BMus '01), has been praised as a “dynamic performer” (Scott St. John) with “fearless competence” (Winnipeg Free Press). Kerry is the first prize winner of the 26th E-Gré National Music Competition and is a three-time winner of the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Praised for his sensitivity and versatility, pianist Stephen Runge (BMus '01) has been heard from Victoria to Halifax as a soloist and collaborative artist.


Beer Choir

Saturday, December 2 | 4 PM
Felicita’s Campus Pub, Student Union Building

The Beer Choir combines the traditions of socializing through libations and singing into one cheerful musical community. For Victoria, our special brand of Beer Choir—lead by Adam Con—includes accordionists from the Victoria Accordion Society and choristers from the many choirs in the capital region. A special chorister’s songbook will be available to everyone who attends and song leaders will help teach parts. Beer Choir is a fun participation event.

Come early to get a seat and order a pint (happy hour prices in effect from 4 p.m.). Cover charge is $5 for students with a valid student I.D. and $10 for community members. All funds will support the UVic School of Music’s 50th Anniversary.

The Beer Choir will wrap up at 6 p.m. but feel free to stay longer to enjoy dinner before the UVic Chorus & Orchestra concert at 8 p.m.


Calendar Quick-Fire

More event highlights for November and December:

FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 8 PM | P.T.Young Recital Hall (By donation)
Sonic Lab
UVic's new music ensemble performs music by Vivier, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Stravinsky, and Czernowin.

SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 8 PM | P.T.Young Recital Hall (By donation)
Trinitas Chamber Ensemble: Currents of the Third Stream
A program of contemporary chamber music that dips its toes into the world of jazz. Featuring works by Nikolai Kapustin, Astor Piazzola and Lowell Liebermann.

SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 7 PM | P.T.Young Recital Hall (By donation)
UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Fall Showcase: Night-Blooming Jasmine
Singing songs of rescue and romance performed by studio groups and combos.

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 8 PM | Farquhar Auditorium ($10-$20)
UVic Wind Symphony
Performing music that reflects a connection between visual arts and music. School of Music trombone instructor Scott MacInnes performs as soloist in Red Sky at Night by Nicholas Francis.

SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 8 PM | P.T.Young Recital Hall (By donation)
UVic Jazz Ensemble: UVic Jazz Plays Buster Keaton
A live soundtrack to the 1926 Buster Keaton classic film "The General."

THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 8 PM | Farquhar Auditorium ($10-$20)
Don Wright Symphonic Winds: Light & Dark
Featuring student musicians from all across the UVic campus.

SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 1 PM – 3 PM | Market Square (560 Johnson St.)
38th Annual TubaChristmas
More than 70 tubas and euphoniums unite for one of Victoria’s favourite holiday traditions. Donations accepted for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

A complete list of School of Music events can be found on our website.

Alumni News

Beyond UVic

Oak Bay Music and the Victoria Composers Collective launch a new concert to celebrate diverse generations of Canadian music. As part of a broader project which aims to reach music from each province of the country, a concert on November 18 in Victoria will feature music by composers who are born or reside in British Columbia, including Rudolf Komorous, Sylvia Rickard, Christopher Butterfield (BMus ‘75), Jocelyn Morlock, and emerging composers from Victoria and Vancouver. Performers of these works include Cathy Fern Lewis (BMus ’77), Kimberley Manerikar (MMus ’17), Maria Wang (MMus ’14), Josh Layne, Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins (MMus ’15) and Hollas Longton (BMus ’09).


Pianist Stephanie Chua (BMus ’01) recently released her debut CD with violinist Véronique Mathieu. True North features an all-Canadian program of six works for violin and piano spanning 100 years including works by Healey Willan, Brian Harman, Adam Scime, Alice Ho, Maria Molinari, and Heather Schmidt. The CD is available through iTunes and the Canadian Music Centre. The duo will visit the UVic School of Music as Orion Visiting Artists on January 22-23, 2018 to present a concert as well as a reading session with student composers.

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