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Peter Hide: A Sculptor’s Life
A “snapshot” of four decades of work by Peter Hide

August 22- October 11th, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7-10pm


Michael Woolley: Performative Documents and the Labouring Body
August 22-September 16, 2017
Closing Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7-10pm

This exhibition is a showcase of the research-creation component of Michael’s MA thesis project, which examines the artistic practice of the contemporary performance artist Cassils. This exhibition has been produced as the research-creation component of a degree (MA) in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture.


Alumni Weekend 90x90Alumni Weekend
Sep 24, 2017 @1 PM
Convocation Hall

Join us for an afternoon of popular favourites performed by the talented students of the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

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Graduate Design Group Show Hetero[topia]: Designing Social + Urban + Health Futures
Bahaa Harmouche (VCD), Mischa Patel (VCD), Siyi Xie (ID) and Derek Jagodzinsky (ID).
September 26-October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7-10pm

A selection of work highlighting the research of students graduating with a Master of Design degree.


A Bright Room Called DayA Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner   
October 12–21 at 7:30 pm 
Preview October 11 at 7:30 pm 
No Show October 15 Matinee October 19 at 12:30 pm

Set in parallel worlds of 1930s Germany and present day, a group of artists slowly realize the political terror about to unfold around them, and must decide to flee or fight for their true beliefs.

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Russian Soul carousel

Russian Soul
October 20, 2017 @ 7 30 PM
Convocation Hall

Cellist Rafael Hoekman pays tribute to his late teacher Yuli Turovsky. Romantic favorites of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, topped off by the incredible Shostakovich Trio No.2 in E minor Opus 67. An intense evening of Russian passion! Rafael Hoekman, (cello), Patricia Tao, (piano), and Robert Uchida (violin).

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Tanya Harnett: Attention Please
October 24-November 10, 2017 
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7-10pm


Marilene Oliver: Tagged
October 24-November 10, 2017 
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7-10pm

Assistant Professor of Printmaking Marilène Oliver works at a crossroads between new digital technologies, traditional print and sculpture. Oliver uses various scanning technologies, such as MRI, CT and PET, to reclaim the interior of the body and create works that allow us to materially contemplate our increasingly digitized lives.


Early Modern Keyboard 90x90Early Modern Keyboard
November 5, 2017 @ 3 PM
Convocation Hall

This selection of Baroque and Classical music from Bach, Haydn and Schubert illustrates the history of the keyboard from early 1700s to the 1800s through imaginative experiments in sonority. A true dance for the senses! Performed by Roger Admiral (piano).

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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


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

On Being Without is an exhibition examining recollection, confrontation and resolutions of abandonment trauma. It utilizes auto ethnographic methodologies to visually explore the trauma of abandonment by using both personal and found archives of family photographs.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

The Lady from the Sea

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with actors Marc Ludwig and Alex Dawkins

UAlberta High School Honour Band Weekend

VIDEO: Dr. Angela Schroeder shares why High School Honour Band weekend is so special

Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Show 2017

VIDEO: BDes Graduates talk about what they liked most about their experience at UAlberta.