Media Releases

  • The University Wind Ensemble With Conductor Zoltan Kalman

    windensemble_0The 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.

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    When: April 1, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
    Contact: Marie Balsom, mbalsom@brocku.ca

     

    Brock University
    Media Release
    March 21, 2014
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    905.688.5550, x4765

    The University Wind Ensemble presents a Spring Concert of classic and modern works
    Come celebrate the rebirth of the spring season with the Brock University Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.
    Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, this ensemble performs a wide range of styles representing different cultures: from Ottorino Respighi, a brilliant Italian composer of richly descriptive symphonic poems, to Andrew Lloyd Webber, the celebrated British song writer.
    The University Wind Ensemble showcases the talent of 60 musicians drawn from the Brock community and regional high schools, as well as performers from the wider music community, including Kelly Hindrichs, Michael Hindrichs, Peter Macdonald, Frances Cohen, Mary Ann Pearson and David Pearson from Hamilton’s Symphony on the Bay.
    High school students from the Niagara Region and Southern Ontario include: Austin Meisel from Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Grimsby; Rebecca Heathcote from Bishop Ryan Secondary School, Hamilton; Lindsey Cook from E.L. Crossley, Fonthill; and Makayla Todd and Todd Morgan both from Laura Secord Secondary School, St. Catharines.
    The Wind Ensemble’s Spring Concert program features masterworks of the past and present, including “Flying the Breeze,” by Philip Sparke; “Lincolnshire Posy,” by Percy Grainger; “Symphonic Songs for Band,” by Robert Russell Bennett; “Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes,” by Maurice Ravel (with conductor Conor Cooper); “Manhattan,” by Philip Sparke (featuring a trumpet solo by Ryan Baker); “The Pines of Rome,” by Ottorino Respighi; “Fiddle-Faddle,” by Leroy Anderson; and “Selections from Phantom of the Opera,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber (featuring singers Victoria Hoshowsky, Tim Stacey, and Conor Cooper).
    Kalman states, “The upcoming performance offers audiences an intriguing musical kaleidoscope which will undoubtedly demonstrate the brilliance, virtuosity as well as the lyrical qualities of the Wind Ensemble. There is something truly exciting for everyone,
    from the majestic “Pines of Rome” by Respighi, to a refreshing walk on the POPS side featuring the concert version of “Phantom of the Opera.”
    Such performances from the Department of Music are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

    Plan to join us on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission, or $5 eyeGo for high school students, and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905.688.5550 x3257, or at the door.

    Media call: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
    For interviews please contact:
    Marie Balsom, Communications
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    T: 905.688.5550, x4765 | E: mbalsom@brocku.ca | W: brocku.ca/miwsfpa

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  • Viva Voce! Choral Series & The Regional Women’s Choirs present a concert for International Women’s Day: “She Rises”

    sherisesThe 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.

    When: March 8, 2014 – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Location: St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario St., St. Catharines
    Admission: $17 adults; $15 seniors & students; $5 for the eyeGo ticket program for high school students.

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    Regional Women’s Choirs present a concert for International Women’s Day: “She Rises”

    On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 7:30 pm, the Brock University Women’s Chorus hosts guest ensembles: the McMaster University Women’s Chorus and the Queenston Ladies Choir, in a concert showcasing the beauty and power of women’s voices. This event, in celebration of International Women’s Day, takes place at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario Street, St. Catharines.
    Conductors Lisa Brillon (Queenston), Harris Loewen (Brock) and Rachel Rensink-Hoff (McMaster) will conduct their individual choirs, as well as the massed chorus of over 100 women’s voices, in this rare festival performance by three elite, treble-voice ensembles.
    The concert will have a clearly contemporary flavour. The majority of works to be performed were written in the 20th and 21st centuries – a number of them published in just the last few years. The program will also include works by 19th century composers Bruckner and Mendelssohn, as well as wonderful arrangements of traditional folk songs and spirituals.
    One of the featured works is the Canadian premiere of “She Rises” (2011), a piece for double women’s chorus with lyrics and music by American composer Catherine Dalton. The words speak of the inspiring Celtic sun goddess Brigid, as well as St. Brigid of Kildare (Ireland). The music, a Celtic-style melody accompanied by rich harmonies and creative vocal sound effects, is “a jubilant celebration of the energy and light that resides without and within all of us.”
    Other massed choir works include Eric Whitacre’s lyrical “Seal Lullaby,” Clifton Noble’s exciting spiritual arrangement “Hold On,” Dale Warland’s pensive “Sed Amore,” and Canadian songwriter Leon Dubinsky’s inspiring “We Rise Again,” in an arrangement by Toronto’s Lydia Adams.
    Dr. Harris Loewen, Associate Professor Music at Brock University, states: “This celebratory and wide-ranging program, presented by the very best women’s choirs of the region, will appeal to a really broad audience. If you’ve never been to this kind of choral feast, exclusively by women’s voices, this is a terrific way to celebrate International Women’s Day, and support choral endeavours by women.”
    Concerts in the Viva Voce Choral Series are presented by the Department of Music as a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and Brock University.
    Join us for this moving celebration on March 8 at 7:30 p.m., held at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario Street, St. Catharines. Tickets are available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, or at the door.

    For more information contact:
    Marie Balsom, Communications
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    T: 905-688-5550, ext. 4765 | E: mbalsom@brocku.ca | W: brocku.ca/miwsfpa

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