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  • University Wind Ensemble breathes new life into an eclectic mix of classics with “Rhythm of the Night”

    The University Wind Ensemble

    The Brock University Wind Ensemble breathes new life into an eclectic mix of classics on stage at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

    The University Wind Ensemble combines the best of beloved genres in a style that brings audiences together — young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. The theme Rhythm of the Night centres on Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and fuses jazz, classical, and roots music to create a dynamic, genre-bending concert experience. This performance will be held in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

    Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the University Wind Ensemble features the talents of 60 musicians drawn from Brock University, high schools within the Niagara Region, and the broader music community. This concert includes Kelly Hindrichs, Peter Macdonald, Mary-Anne Pearson, David Pearson, and Graham Young from Hamilton’s Symphony on the Bay, as well as Joanne Romanow from the Burlington Concert Band.

    High school students from the Niagara Region include: Makayla Todd and Todd Morgan from Laura Secord SS (St. Catharines), and Lindsey Cook from E. L. Crossley SS (Pelham).

    The evening program features masterworks of the past and present, including “Manzoni Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi; “The Year of the Dragon” by Philip Sparke; “Slava!” by Leonard Bernstein; “Sevens” by Samuel Hazo; “Songs of Sailor and Sea” by Robert Smith; “The Bandwagon” by Philip Sparke; “Loch Lomond” by Frank Ticheli; “Suite from Indiana Jones” and from Star Wars, “The Marches” by John Williams; and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.

    Kalman states: “The ensemble is thrilled to play in Partridge Hall, a state-of-the-art performance venue at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre! We’re proud to present a repertoire jam-packed with dynamic and contagious rhythm that will surely take your breath away!”

    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.

    Join us for Rhythm of the Night on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 eyeGo high school program (+HST), and are free to current MIWSFPA students with valid student ID. Purchase tickets through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office: 905-688-0722; online:; e-mail: ; or at the door.

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    Media Day: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6 p.m., held in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario PAC.

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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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