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Lower DepthsThe Lower Depths
by Maxim Gorky
Freely adapted by David Kennedy
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

Timms Centre for the Arts

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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Becky Thera: lacuna
February 20-March 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 7-10 pm

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
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 7-10 pm

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 7-10 pm

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

Timms Centre for the Arts

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 7-10 pm

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 7-10 pm

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

Timms Centre for the Arts

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 7-10 pm

Production Highlights

VIDEO: Special Effects Makeup Training for the Lower Depths

VIDEO: Sue Colberg on the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada

VIDEO: Master Cellist Robert Cohen on the Value of Live Concerts