The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the School of Music, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Linda Catlin Smith


4 – 5:30 pm (PST) Wednesday, Feb 9, 2021

Rm. A169, MacLaurin Building, A-Wing


Free & open to the public in-person

Presented by UVic’s School of Music

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“Music and Thought: a composer’s reverie…”

Visiting composer and School of Music alumna Linda Catlin Smith (BMus ’79) presents the lecture Music and Thought: a composer’s reverie… Derived from an essay she wrote for the journal Continental Thought and Theory, Smith delves into the kind of thought we are involved in when composing and listening to music. In large part about the art of listening, Smith looks at a variety of ways of listening and the different kinds of understanding we have of what we listen to.

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY and at the University of Victoria (BMus ‘79). Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: BBC Scottish Orchestra, Tafelmusik, California Ear Unit, Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini quartets, among many others. She has also been performed by many notable soloists including Eve Egoyan, Elinor Frey, Philip Thomas, Colin Tilney, Vivienne Spiteri, and Jamie Parker. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, K.M. Hunter Award, Banff Centre, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council and in 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. In addition to her work as an independent composer, she was Artistic Director of the Toronto ensemble Arraymusic (1988-1993), and she was a member of the ground-breaking multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE (1992-2006). Linda teaches composition privately and at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Attend in person. No RSVP required.

*As per BC Public Health orders, indoor mask mandates and proof of vaccination will be required. See further information about COVID protocols at the School of Music


About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

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