Special Events

  • Guitar Extravaganza draws packed house

    (Source: The Brock News, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | by )

    It was a full house at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre for Guitar Extravaganza II Saturday night. Fifty guitarists, including Brock University music students, alumni and faculty, as well as guitarists from Hamilton and Niagara region, joined together to celebrate the instrument. The evening featured solo and duet performances and concluded with the musicians coming together as The Mighty Niagara Guitar Orchestra to perform a special piece. Composed and conducted by Brock instructor Timothy Phelan, Fantasia para una dama was performed with renowned Canadian guitar virtuoso Emma Rush for the first time in North America.

    This is the second year for the Guitar Extravaganza. The event was organized by Brock University Department of Music, with support from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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  • The Music Department Presents: A Student Recital

    Student recital:
    Leanne Vida (soprano), with Lesley Kingham (piano)

    When: March 21, 2014 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    Location: St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 31 Queenston St., St. Catharines
    Contact: Marie Balsom, mbalsom@brocku.ca

    Free community event!

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  • 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: Arts.BrockU.ca (Prices do not include HST)
    Contact: Prof. Matthew Royal, Music, mroyal@brocku.ca

     

    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

    Click here for the event poster.

     

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