Duo Majoya Keyboard Gala

Student & Senior | $10
Adult | $20

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Duo Majoya Keyboard Gala

January 15, 2023
3:00 PM | Convocation Hall

Duo Majoya Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger, are an Internationally-known keyboard duo who make their home here in Edmonton.  Their program features the latest organ duet composed by Canadian composer, Rachel Laurin, and Wind Riders [of Alberta] for Organ and Piano written for the duo by American composer Cary Ratcliff.  The balance of the program will comprise of well-loved piano duets by Brahms and Dvorak.  Join them for this gala!

This concert is a part of the Department of Music's 2022-2023 "Faculty & Friends" Series.

Cary Ratcliff (1953) | Wind Riders of Alberta (2018)
For Piano and Organ

  1. A Blinding of Snow
    High winds keep already-fallen snow airborne, moving it sideways. 2018 saw record-breaking snowfall in Calgary.
  2. A Clatter of Aspens
    The slightly brittle sound of Aspen leaves, that shake with the slightest wind, carry across a placid lake on a hushed afternoon.
  3. A Dance of Whooping Cranes
    The principal nesting grounds of the endangered North American Whooping Crane are in Wood Buffalo National Park, north of the oil sands, straddling the border with the Northwest Territory. There Whooping Cranes dance, a courtship display involving hopping and waving of wings. With the next generation, they fly over Alberta and the United States to winter on the Gulf coast of Texas.
  4. A Circling of Hawks
    Riding the rising thermals next to mountains, Hawks can glide with virtually no effort. Large groups of circling Hawks, called kettles or boils, often form, “resting” prior to migration.
  5. A Haunting of Dust Devils
    Cyclones can form as heated air rises from the earth. If a cyclone touches the earth, dust can be pulled up into it, making the cyclone visible as a spinning “dust devil”. But when the cyclonic activity dissipates, the dust stops spinning and floats to the ground. Dust devils toggle into and out of existence.

Rachel Laurin (1961) | Fantaisie à Deux, op. 88 (2020)
Organ Duet


Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) | Slavonic Dances

  • e minor, op. 46 no. 2
  • A flat major, op. 46 no. 3
  • e minor, op. 72 no. 2

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) | Hungarian Dances, WoO 1
(from 21 Hungarian Dances)

  • no. 8 in a minor
  • no. 2 in d minor
  • no. 3 in F major
  • no. 4 in f minor
  • no. 5 in f# minor
  • no. 6 in Db major

Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger are Duo Majoya, a versatile and innovative keyboard team that performs keyboard duets of all combinations in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. The duo performs a distinctive repertoire of commissioned, original and arranged works; commissions include more than twenty works for organ duet and organ/piano by Canadian and international composers. Duo Majoya records a broad range of repertoire on CDs and on their YouTube channel; for more information, please see www.duomajoya.com.

The duo was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame and were inaugurated Honorary Fellows of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Dr. Segger is Professor Emeritus at The King’s University and is currently serving a one-year term as Professor of Music at the University of Alberta. Dr. Giesbrecht is Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta; and Adjunct Professor at The King’s University. Giesbrecht and Segger are Music Directors at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Edmonton.

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