Music department to put strings in the spotlight

Brock’s Department of Music is ushering fall out on a high note with two highly anticipated concerts.

The Walker Quartet will perform with faculty pianist Karin Di Bella on Friday, Nov. 10 in Partridge Concert Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Pianist Karin Di Bella will perform alongside the Walker Quartet at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 10.

The performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is presented by Encore! Professional Concert Series and is part of the Walker Cultural Leader Series, generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker.

The department’s resident quartet will partner with Di Bella on two of the most iconic works in the string quintet repertoire, the Piano Quintets by Schumann in E-flat Major and Shostakovich in G Minor.

The following night, Saturday, Nov. 11, will mark the return of the popular Guitar Extravaganza III to the performing arts centre.

The event, held as part of Brock’s celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, takes place in the Cairns Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

An orchestra of 60 guitarists, including Brock students, local amateurs and professionals, will be directed by Brock guitar instructor Timothy Phelan.

With music composed by Phelan, the evening will feature special guest soloists Matthew McAllister (Scotland) and Emma Rush (Canada), as well as a tribute held in memory of local musician Warren Stirtzinger by George Kane (U.S.) and James Bryan McCollum (Canada).

The concert will also include the premiere of Carpe Noctem — a six-movement work written by Niagara composer Floyd Turner.

For more information on either concert, visit the department’s events web page.

Tickets for both performances are available by calling the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722 or by visiting

The Walker Quartet, including, from left, Anna Hughes, Faith Lau, Gordon Cleland and Vera Alexeeva will perform at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 10.

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