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Water/Bodies: Selected Works by Liz Ingram
November 21-December 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 23, 2018 from 7-10pm

Distinguished University Professor Emerita Liz Ingram’s award winning work has been exhibited around the world. With Water/Bodies, audiences will get a rare opportunity to see highlights of Ingram’s career that spans over 40 years together in one powerful exhibit. Inspired by the healing properties of water and its relationship to the body, Ingram’s art is reflected through various printmaking media.


Meghan Pohlod: On Being Without
November 21-December 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 23, 2018 from 7-10pm

Meghan Pohlod’s On Being Without utilizes specialized printmaking techniques to visually explore the far-reaching impacts of abandonment trauma. Incorporating both personal and found archives of family photographs, as well as text from various books on PTSD, philosophy, yoga and healing, On Being Without presents a powerful expression of recollection, confrontation and resolution. This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.


Doll HouseDoll House
by Henrik Ibsen
adapted by Beau Coleman
November 30–December 9 at 7:30pm
Preview November 29 at 7:30pm
No Show December 3 Matinee December 7 at 12:30 pm

Ibsen’s ground-breaking classic reframed and reimagined in 1950s America. What first appears to be a satisfying marriage soon reveals itself to be one of entrapment, unhappiness and suffocation. “As she made the beds, shopped for groceries…

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Bach Christmas Oratorio 90x90Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
December 3, 2017 @ 3 PM
Winspear Centre 

Celebrate the season with JS Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio). The Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir and University Symphony Orchestra, with faculty soloists Sherry Steele, John Tessier and Elizabeth Turnbull, conducted by Leonard Ratzlaff, will perform the first four of the six cantatas, which feature brilliantly set choruses, familiar chorales and a wide variety of solo arias, duets and trios.

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TJ McLachlan: MFA Sculpture Exhibition
December 19-23 AND January 2 -13 2018

This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture.


Noemi De Brujn: The Light Through the Window
December 19-23 AND January 2 -13 2018

The Light Through the Window is a series of paintings that address ideas of home, habitation, and the landscape. The work draws from experiences of otherness and displacement and questions the contrast between human-made, natural, and in between places in which the human presence and memory have left a mark.This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Painting.


Violinissimo 90x90Violinissimo III
January 13, 2018 @ 7 30 PM Convocation Hall

A new collection of well- and lesser-known works for violin and piano, transcribed or composed by violinists. With Roger Admiral (piano) and Guillaume Tardif (violin).

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Turning Points 90x90Turning Points: Chamber Music for Mixed Chamber Ensembles
January 21, 2018 @ 3 PM
Convocation Hall

Inspired by jazz and popular music of the 1920s, Turning Points showcases the music of Milhaud, Svanoe and Weil. Enjoy music from an era centering around cultural influence, inclusion and experimentation. Conductor: Angela Schroeder with special guests.

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Angela Marino: Feeling the Flesh of the Other as Our Own
January 23-February 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7-10pm

This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Painting.


Alcuin Awards for Book Design in Canada 2016
January 23-February 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7-10pm

To promote a wider appreciation of books and reading, and to support excellence in book design and production, the Alcuin Society offers prestigious awards for excellence in Canadian book design and sponsors the only national competition that recognizes and celebrates fine book design in Canada.


Colourful Department of Music IllustrationsRobert Cohen, Cellist
February 2, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Details to be announced.

 

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Lower DepthsThe Lower Depths
by Maxim Gorky
February 8–17 at 7:30 pm
Preview February 7 at 7:30 pm
No Show February 11
Matinee February 15 at 12:30 pm

A modern update of Maxim Gorky’s masterpiece of the human condition. A group of people displaced by economic and political upheaval scratch out a life on the margins of society. 

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Winds and Roses 90x90Winds and Roses
February 10, 2018 @ 7 30
Convocation Hall

Four principals of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform a programme of woodwind quintet staples and exciting arrangements from orchestral repertoire. Performed by Allene Hackleman (horn), Matt Howatt (bassoon), Lidia Khaner (oboe), Julianne Scott (clarinet) and Petar Dundjerski (flute).

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High School Honour Band Weekend 90x90University of Alberta High School Honour Band Weekend
February 11, 2018 @ 3 PM
Winspear Centre

UAlberta hosts Alberta’s most talented high school students for their annual Honour Band Weekend! The High School Honour Band joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the winner of the Department of Music Concerto Competition in a grand weekend finale at the Winspear. Conductor: Angela Schroeder.

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Becky Thera: lacuna
February 20-March 17, 2018

lacuna discusses the aftermath of sexual violence and the systemic oppression of women’s experiences. Through art we can realize the shared experience of trauma and oppression, countering silence and isolation by engaging an ethics of care, belief and empathy.This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Intermedia.


Madeline Mackay: Not Yet Earth
February 20-March 17, 2018

Not Yet Earth is an attempt to understand the unique identity of flesh and an attempt to regain a sense of control over it. In the work I 'play' with mud and water and meat, assembling and disassembling it, twisting and moving and arranging it. The flesh becomes my drawings, my creations; through manipulating it I bring myself into direct interaction with it and impose my influence on its existence. This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.


Masterworks for PianoMasterworks for Piano
March 4, 2018 @ 3 PM
Convocation Hall

Experience the elegance of piano classics by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert. An evening of exquisite piano repertoire! Performed by Jacques Després.

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Faculty Composers 90x90Faculty Composers: Echo of Nothing
March 9, 2018 @ 7 30 PM
Timms Centre

“Every something is an echo of nothing” ― John Cage Faculty composers, Howard Bashaw, Mark Hannesson, Scott Smallwood and Andriy Talpash with new works for Guillaume Tardif, Roger Admiral, and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet.

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John Williams 90x90John Williams Celebration: Music from the Movies and More
March 20, 2018 @ 7 30 PM 
Winspear Centre

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band join “forces” to showcase soundtrack works by leading film composer John Williams and others. Conductors: Daryl Price and Angela Schroeder.

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Symphonic Dances 90x90Symphonic Dances
March 25, 2018 @ 3 PM
Winspear Centre

A crowning achievement by Russian composer Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances is exciting, colourful and macabre. An orchestral suite in three movements, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s final composition evoking his shifting harmonies and rhythmic vitality. Conductor: Petar Dundjerski.

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Bachelor of Design Graduate Show 2018
March 27-April 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7-10pm

A graduating exhibition of students completing the Bachelor of Design program.


School for ScandalThe School for Scandal
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Directed by the 2018 Mary Mooney Distinguished Visiting Artist.
March 29–April 7 at 7:30 pm
Preview March 28 at 7:30 pm
No show April 1 matinee April 5 at 12:30 pm

Lady Sneerwell sets out to spread scandal in this quintessential Comedy of Manners. Set in the 18th century, this is a play full of wit, mistaken identities and intrigue.

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Colourful Department of Music IllustrationsKilburn Memorial Concert
April 8, 2018

Details to be announced.

 

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Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Show 2018
April 17-28, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7-10pm

A graduating exhibition of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.


Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, 1954 - 2017
May 8-June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 7-10pm


exit the kingExit the King
by Eugene Ionesco

May 17–26 at 7:30 pm
Preview May 16 at 7:30 pm
No show may 20 matinee May 24 at 12:30 pm

This great classic follows King Berenger, who believes himself immortal. Upon discovering he is dying, he becomes fascinated with every sensation from the lives he has not lived.

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Czecho-Slovak Fine Art Exhibition
June 12 – July 6, 2018 
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 7-10pm


Production Highlights

VIDEO: Melissa Thingelstad - What's it like to work with the students?

VIDEO: Pianist Roger Admiral on the premise of his "Early Modern Keyboard" concert

VIDEO: Artist Marilène Oliver on the inspiration behind her exhibit "Tagged"