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.

THE GERMAN ROMANTICS
September 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Chamber masterworks from Romantic era Germany come to life through the artistry of Robert Uchida (violin), Rafael Hoekman (cello) and Patricia Tao (piano). Violin and piano duo sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann set the stage for Felix Mendelssohn’s tumultuous Trio in D minor, a stormy pinnacle of the genre.


ALUMNI WEEKEND CONCERT

September 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Convocation Hall

An annual favourite, the Alumni Weekend concert features two of our large student ensembles. Enjoy an afternoon of accessible orchestral and wind band favourites, performed by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (conducted by Angela Schroeder) and the University Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Petar Dundjerski).


GEMS FOR FOUR HANDS

September 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Convocation Hall

One piano. Four hands. No other performance style imparts both the intimacy and the sonority of the piano duet. Jacques Després and Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp share the 88 keys of our new Steinway Model D concert grand piano and present masterworks by Mozart, Ravel, Brahms and Dvorak, as well as the crowning gem of the duet repertoire, Schubert’s haunting Fantasie in F minor.


PER DUE - À DEUX

October 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Violinists Laura Andriani and Guillaume Tardif lead listeners on a tour of the history of the violin. Rarely heard duets by French and Italian Baroque and Classical masters will delight the ear with delicate melodic counterpoint, while a new work by Howard Bashaw forecasts the sounds of the future.


RESONANCE PRISM

October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

A celebratory retrospective of the compositions of Professor Emeritus Howard Bashaw. Bashaw’s dense, complex language is brought to life by virtuosic performers across many genres, including chamber, choral and solo piano.


MUSAICS

November 24, 2019 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 blend - a mosaic - of music. Various genres, instruments and groups will come together to create a delightful show in a supportive and caring 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 famously demanding (yet 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, 2019 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 German guest conductor Rüdiger Müller.


VOICES

March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Convocation Hall

In this solo recital, 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 and Concert Band 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 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.