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  • Viva Voce! Choral Series 2013-2014 Presents Brock University Choirs

    vv-april-5thThe Viva Voce! Choral Series includes Brock’s student choral ensembles (men’s and women’s choruses) as well as the Avanti Chamber Singers, a community mixed ensemble including many past and present Brock faculty, staff and students. 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.

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    Brock University Choirs – Music Comes…

    Harris Loewen – Conductor

    When: April 5, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
    Location: St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario St., St. Catharines
    Tickets:
    $15.04 (+HST) for adults
    $10.62 (+HST) for seniors/students
    $5 for children 13 and under, and the eyeGo ticket program for high school students.
    Tickets will be available at the door, or from the Centre for the Arts Box Office,
    905-688-5550 ext. 3257, brocku.ca/miwsfpa/music
    Contact: Marie Balsom, mbalsom@brocku.ca

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  • Encore! Professional Concert Series Presents: Andrew Downing Ensemble – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (live music with silent film)

    adowning1A silent film with live accompaniment performed by the Andrew Downing Ensemble. JUNO-winning composer-bassist-cellist Andrew Downing has composed an original music score for the legendary 1920 silent film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ – a cult classic in the horror genre and a masterpiece of the German expressionist cinema tradition. Downing and his seven-member chamber jazz ensemble will perform live as the film is shown.

    “…Downing is a 21st Century Voyageur…” ~ Toronto Star

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    When: March 7, 2014, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
    Tickets:
    $28.50 adults
    $22.50 seniors/students
    $5 eyeGo high school program
    Tickets are available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905 688 5550 x3257 or visit: http://arts.brocku.ca/

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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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  • 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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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon: Piano Students

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series

    Recital: Piano students
    When: April 1, 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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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon: Instrumental Students

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series

    Recital: Instrumental students
    When: March 25, 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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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon Presents: Voice Students

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series

    Recital: Voice students
    When: March 18, 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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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series Presents: Piano Students

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series

    Recital: Piano students
    When: March 11, 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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  • 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

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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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