2017-2018 Mainstage Concert Season

This season promises a great variety of awesome concerts you won't want to miss!

31 August 2017


Edmonton, AB -- The University of Alberta Department of Music has announced their 2017/18 mainstage concert season, including music from classical composers like Tchaikovsky, Bach and Beethoven, as well as contemporary works from movie soundtrack master, John Williams.

Presented at Convocation Hall and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the concert season presents elite music student ensembles, choirs, bands, the University Symphony Orchestra, faculty performers and vocalists, including acclaimed international guest artists. The Mainstage series will feature our faculty and students alongside esteemed musicians from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, including ESO Concertmaster, Robert Uchida.

Highlights from the 2017/18 concert season include:

Volk for Chamber Music
Sep 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM | Convocation Hall

Featuring the music of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, Volk highlights the melodic and popular folk styles of these classical composers.

Alumni Weekend
Sep 24, 2017 at 1 PM | Convocation Hall
An afternoon of popular favourites performed by the students of the University Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Russian Soul
October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM | Convocation Hall
An intense evening of Russian music including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shostakovich's Trio No. 2.

Early Modern Keyboard
November 5, 2017 at 3 PM | Convocation Hall

This selection of Baroque and classical music from Bach, Haydn and Schubert illustrates the history of the keyboard from the early 1700s to the 1800s.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio
December 3, 2017 at 3 PM | Winspear Centre

Celebrate the season with Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, including performances by the Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir and University Symphony Orchestra.

Violinissimo III
January 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Convocation Hall

A collection of well and lesser known works for violin and piano, transcribed or composed by violinists.

Turning Points: Chamber Music for Mixed Ensembles
January 21, 2018 at 3 PM | Convocation Hall

Inspired by jazz and popular music of the 1920s, Turning Points showcases the music of Milhaud, Svanoe and Weill.

Robert Cohen: Classic Cello
February 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Convocation Hall

UAlberta Distinguished Visitor Robert Cohen is hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. Cohen and Patricia Tao (piano) perform a repertoire of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

Winds and Roses
February 10, 2018 at 7:30 | Convocation Hall

Four principals of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform a program of woodwind quintet staples and exciting arrangements from orchestral repertoire.

University of Alberta High School Honour Band Weekend
February 11, 2018 at 3 PM | Winspear Centre

The High School Honour Band joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Department of Music Concerto Competition winner in a grand weekend finale at the Winspear.

Masterworks for Piano
March 4, 2018 at 3 PM | Convocation Hall

Experience the elegance of piano classics by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert. An evening of exquisite piano repertoire!

Faculty Composers: Echo of Nothing
March 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Timms Centre

New works by faculty composers Howard Bashaw, Mark Hannesson, Scott Smallwood and Andriy Talpash.

John Williams Celebration: Music from the Movies and More
March 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Winspear Centre

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band join forces to showcase soundtrack works by John Williams and other leading film composers.

Symphonic Dances
March 25, 2018 at 3 PM | Winspear Centre

The University Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff's final composition highlighting evocative shifting harmonies and rhythmic vitality.

Kilburn Memorial Concert
April 8, 2018 at 3 PM | Convocation Hall

The Kilburn Memorial Concert is an annual event showcasing esteemed Canadian and international artists, made possible by the Nicholas Arthur Kilburn Memorial Endowment Fund.

For the complete season listing, visit: ualberta.ca/artshows.

Single concert tickets are $20 Adult and $10 Student & Senior. Audiences can bundle up and save with the $60 Season Flex Pass (six concert tickets redeemable in any combination at any of the 11 mainstage concerts).

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door (cash only) or online at ualberta.ca/artshows. Season Flex Passes may be ordered by contacting the Department of Music at:

University of Alberta, Department of Music
Phone: 780-492-3263
Email: music@ualberta.ca

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