MainStage Concerts

2019-20 MainStage Concerts

The Department of Music’s 2019-2020 MainStage season lineup features elite music student ensembles, choirs, bands, the University Symphony Orchestra, faculty performers and internationally acclaimed guest artists, performing a wide variety of repertoire sure to please your musical taste and style.

MUSAICS

November 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Convocation Hall

Hosted by the Music Students' Association, Musaics aims to bring students from all over the Department of Music together to create a mosaic of music. Various genres, instruments and groups will come together to create a delightful show in a supportive environment with all proceeds being donated back to the Department of Music to help fund the renovation of Convocation Hall.


THE ROAD TO DJANGO

January 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Travel back to mid-century Paris and lose yourself in the sizzling sounds of Hot Club jazz, performed by clarinetist Don Ross, violinist Cam Neufeld and The Gadjo Collective. Enjoy continental jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Roma, Turkish and Balkan music that inspired them.


RUSSIAN SOUL 2.0

January 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Shostakovich’s starkly haunting cello sonata is paired with Rachmaninoff's lyrical sonata. Complementing these towering masterworks are two enduring favourites: a medley from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and an arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise for cello ensemble.


UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL HONOUR BAND WEEKEND

February 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Winspear Centre

Accomplished high school music students from across Alberta join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a concert featuring the winner of the Department of Music’s annual Concerto Competition, under the baton of Angela Schroeder and guest conductor Rüdiger Müller.


VOICES

March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Convocation Hall

In this solo performance, pianist Jacques Després engages the listener in a dialogue with the many voices of the instrument. Haydn reveals his inner musings in an operatic fashion and Bartók shares his heritage as an authentic Hungarian bard, while Chopin expresses his poetic sensibilities and R. Schumann explores the orchestral range of the piano.


TO RECONCILE AND MAKE NEW

March 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Winspear Centre

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble (conducted by Angela Schroeder) and Concert Band (conducted by Daryl Price) present an afternoon of music programmed around global themes of reconciliation, climate change and diversity.


WINDS OF FATE

March 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Winspear Centre

The University Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Petar Dundjerski) presents masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven and his most famous teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn. The heroic struggle against fate in Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 is balanced by the fervent joy of Haydn’s last major work, the Harmoniemesse, featuring the voices of the Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir (conducted by Leonard Ratzlaff).