• The Walker Cultural Leader Series presents Ensemble Vivant

    wcls-ensemble-vivant-1-220x220Public Performance: The Fugue, 7:30 pm, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre
    When: March 28, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
    Tickets: Free to MIWSFPA students; adults $15.04; seniors and students $10; eyeGo high school program $5. Available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905.688.5550 x3257 or visit: (Prices do not include HST)
    Contact: Prof. Matthew Royal, Music,


    Ensemble Vivant have recorded for such labels as Fanfare, Pro Arte, Doremi, SPY and Opening Day/Universal and Opening Day Entertainment Group, and their recordings are heard on classical radio around the world.

    Ensemble Vivant, under the direction of Catherine Wilson, will present a concert with commentary on The Fugue, as well as give a masterclass on small ensemble playing for Brock music students.

    Ensemble Vivant consists of pianist, founder and artistic director, Catherine Wilson, as well as Sybil Shanahan (cello), Don Thompson (acoustic bass, vibraphone), Erica Beston (violin) and Norman Hathaway (violin, viola). Championing a unique genre-diverse repertoire in their concerts and recordings since the group first came on the scene in the late 1980s, Ensemble Vivant has received critical acclaim for its work in the classical piano-trio literature, as well as for its forays into the worlds of ragtime, jazz and tango. Hailed as “Canada’s Chamber Music treasure.” – Toronto Star

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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series Presents: Instrumental Students

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series

    Recital: Instrumental students
    When: March 4, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
    Cost: $0.00

    Our lunchtime recital series is free and open to the public, featuring our performance faculty, talented students and alumni, as well as special guests.

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    Free community event!

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  • Viva Voce! Choral Series- Avanti Chamber Singers – Spring Suites

    springsuitesthumbThe Viva Voce Choral Series includes Brock’s student choral ensembles (men’s and women’s choruses) as well as the Avanti Chamber Singers, a mixed ensemble including several Brock staff and Music alumni. Under the direction of conductor Harris Loewen, the ensembles perform multiple concerts throughout the academic year, and engage in community outreach, collaborative work with other Ontario choirs and special recording projects.

    Britten: Gloriana Dances
    Thompson: Frostiana
    Tremain: Shakespeare Songs

    When: April 27, 2013 – 7:30pm
    Tickets: Adults $20, seniors and students $15; $5 for children 13 and under, and the eyeGo ticket program for high school students. Available at the door; Ryson’s Music (downtown St. Catharines); or Niko Music Gallery (Ridley Square, St. Catharines).
    Location: St. Barnabas Anglican Church 31 Queenston Street, St. Catharines
    Cost: $20.00

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  • The University Wind Ensemble with conductor Zoltan Kalman- Around the World in 80 Minutes

    windensemblethumb_0-2013The University Wind Ensemble enjoys a rich heritage of musical excellence, bringing together both university and high school students as well as members of the Niagara musical community to explore and perform major symphonic wind band works, both original and transcribed. Talented brass, woodwind, and percussion performers engage with their peers and conductor while pursing their passion and enjoyment of music through creative expression.

    Performance highlights:
    Modeste Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
    Robert Russel Bennett: Suite of Old American Dances
    Samuel R. Hazo: Exultate
    Robert Sheldon: Iberian Escapades
    Cluade-Michel Schonberg: Les Miserables

    When: April 2, 2013 – 7:30pm
    Tickets: $5 General Admission. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550 ext. 3257, or from theDepartment of Music
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines.
    Cost: $5.00

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  • Encore! Professional Concert Series- Jeunesses Musicales – Così fan tutte

    cosifantutethumbCosì fan tutte is a delightful 18th century Mozartian opera that tells a tale of jealousy, trickery, and mischief, performed by the country’s finest emerging artists!

    Tickets: $28.50 adults; $22.50 seniors/students; $5 eyeGo high school program. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905 688 5550 x3257
    When: March 28, 2013 – 7:30pm
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St Catharines.
    Cost: $28.50

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  • Encore! Professional Concert Series- Odessa/Havana

    odessathumbAward-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder teams up with JUNO-winning pianist and composer Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians to present an evening of dynamic Jewish-Cuban fusion.
    “…a high-powered collision of two musical cultures [that] sounds natural, organic [and] brilliant.” –
    “…[Odessa/Havana] is a genuine hybrid, strongly flavoured by Russian-Jewish modality and Afro-Cuban rhythms, but with those strands so strongly intertwined (and grounded in Spanish/Moorish music) as to seem inextricable…[the compositions are] delicately textured and dazzlingly tuneful, but it’s the powerful, swinging and lyrical playing that ultimately sells the project.” – J.D. Cosidine, Globe & Mail

    When: March 1, 2013 – 7:30pm
    Tickets: $28.50 adults; $22.50 seniors/students; $5 eyeGo high school program. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905 688 5550 x3257
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St Catharines.
    Cost: $28.50

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  • Brock’s wind ensemble presents Dizzy Fingers

    (Source: The Brock News, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | by )

    The University’s wind ensemble and jazz band will perform a dizzying array of music when they perform next week.

    Called Dizzy Fingers: an evening of musical fireworks from Shostakovich to Hindemith, the evening of music explores the ensemble’s repertoire and includes a debut performance by the Brockbusters, Brock’s jazz band. Both ensembles perform under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman.

    Dizzy Fingers will feature masterworks of the past and present, including Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Paul Hindemith’s Wind Symphony in B-Flat, The Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke and Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concertino, among many others.

    The wind ensemble, part of the Department of Music, showcases the talents of 60 musicians from the Brock community, local high schools, and professional musicians from Niagara and Hamilton.

    Brock’s jazz ensemble, the Brockbusters, is an extra-curricular club made up of 20 members, forming a standard stage band setting. The mission of the Jazz Band is to provide a venue to jazz lovers in the community.

    The performance happens Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts box office or the door.

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  • Local choral groups release debut CD of Christmas music

    (Source: The Brock News, Thursday, November 08, 2012 | by )

    The Avanti Chamber Singers and Brock University Festival Chorus have released a new CD, entitled Voices of Niagara 3: Glorious Light, which features Christmas choral music written by local Niagara composers.

    This is first CD released featuring the 30-voice Avanti Singers and 60-voice Brock Chorus. Conductor and Brock associate professor of music Harris Loewen leads both ensembles, as well as other regional instrumentalists on the recording.

    The main work on the CD is the six-movement piece Gloria, composed by Peter Landey, associate professor of music at Brock, and sung in Latin by the combined groups. All of the works on this recording are unpublished and presented here for the first time.

    The music on Voices of Niagara 3: Glorious Light was recorded in multiple sessions at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake in May 2011 and May 2012, and at St. Thomas Anglican Church in St. Catharines in November 2011.

    The CD will be launched Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Avanti Chamber Singers concert happening at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 31 Queenston St., St. Catharines.

    Information about tickets and start times for this event.

    The CD will also be on sale at the Brock University Choirs’ performance of Cantemus that takes place Saturday, Nov. 24 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 53 Church St., St. Catharines.

    The CD is available for online purchase from Brock’s Department of Music and the Avanti Chamber Singers.

    This is the third CD in the Voices of Niagara series. The previous two CDs by the Niagara Vocal Ensemble, also conducted by Loewen, are also still available.

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  • Piano duo tickles ivories at Friday concert

    (Source: The Brock News, Monday, September 17, 2012 | by )

    ENCORE! Professional Concert Series presents the Fung Chiu Duo at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Friday.

    In this performance, Janelle Fung and Philip Chiu come together to present a concert that challenges the traditional boundaries of piano with four hands.

    Tickets are $28.50 for adults and $22.50 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for $5 for high schools students as part of the eyeGo program.

    Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    For information or tickets, call the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3527 or email

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