Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series

von Kuster Hall, Music Building

A Don Wright Faculty of Music tradition!

Join us on most Fridays during the academic year for the "Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series," an eclectic mix of music, featuring guest artists from around the world, our internationally renowned faculty, and our talented students.

All concerts are held in von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University (MAP). Admission is free. No ticket or advance registration is required. Pay-and-display parking is available directly across the street from the Music Building/Talbot College (next to the tennis courts) (MORE INFO).

2018/19 Schedule:

Thank you for your ongoing support of the "Fridays" series!
The 2019-2020 schedule will be announced in August 2019. Visit our concert brochure webpage if you would like to receive a printed or electronic version of our season.

September 21

Award winning Canadian pianist Sheng Cai has performed all over the world in concerto and solo performances with great critical acclaim. Known for his diversity and curiosity into both standard and neglected repertoire, he will present a mixed program of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Grieg, Medtner and Gershwin.

September 28

DMA student and baritone Adam Iannetta, with Sarah Bowker, piano, shares his exciting research in this lecture-recital on expanded multisensory applications for the performance of German Art Song. An introduction will be given by Dr. Patrick Schmidt, Chair of Music Education here at Western.

October 19

Western welcomes alumna and world-renowned soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and her collaborator Steven Philcox, piano, for a wonderful kick off to Homecoming and Music Building Grand Opening weekend! Visit the Homecoming webpage for information about other events featuring Adrianne Pieczonka.

October 26

Come enjoy the artistry of internationally acclaimed guitarist Johannes Möller when he visits Western University as part of his tour. A masterclass will follow this event.

November 2

Join violinist Joseph Lanza* and harpsichordist Borys Medicky* for a baroque tour of Europe. Works by Castello, Biber, Couperin, Geminiani and Bach.

November 9 - RESCHEDULED to Feb 5, 2019

House of Tomorrow: Songs by Vivier, Greer, Staniland, and Doolittle. Guest artist pianist Laura Loewen and Western's Patricia Green*, mezzo-soprano, present works by Canadian composers on the themes of empathy and existence.

November 16

The Fridays@12:30pm Concert Series is pleased to have Western’s Professor Emeritus Dr. Damjana Bratuž* present her lecture, "Cortoshima: the Island of a French Pianist/Scholar." This lecture was presented at the Congress of the International Musicological Society in Tokyo, held in March of 2017. Alfred Cortot, whose Cours d'interpretation she had followed in Paris in 1955, had been a legendary, inspiring, master to musicians of her generation and in this expanded version of her Tokyo presentation Bratuž shares her memories of Cortot's mode of teaching the art of the piano, a mode that appears to be vanishing in today's world of musical performance, with its concern with business and competitions. 

November 23

A Celebration of Canadian Music: Christine Tithecott*, piano, is joined by Paul Digout, piano; Shelley Heron*, English horn; Ron George*, horn; Andy Cloutier, guitar; Jackalyn Short*, soprano; and Bobbi Thompson*, saxophone, to celebrate works by Canadian Composers both new and old.

November 30

Pianist Shoshana Telner performs Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy and Franz Liszt’s Piano Sonata, two exciting and profound works covering all 88 keys!

January 11

Der kleine Tod: Alumna Frauke Jürgensen, soprano; and Ralph Stelzenmüller, piano. Berg: 4 Gesänge, Op. 2, Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op. 27, Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, WWV91. In this unusual juxtaposition of three important sets of Lieder by Berg, Strauss and Wagner, metaphors of sleep and death intertwine with love and sexuality. In the extremes of psychological and emotional expression, late-Romantic harmonic language transcends the bounds of tonality.

January 18

Celebrating eight years of the Western/Tafelmusik residency, Tafelmusik musicians Patricia Ahern, violin, and Felix Deak, cello, team up with Western's own Joseph Lanza*, violin.

Personnel update: Alumna and cellist Amanda Keesmaat, BMus’96, returns to Western with Tafelmusik, joining Patricia Ahern, violin, as part of the annual Artist in Residence program. Felix Deak is no longer available due to scheduling changes.

January 25

Acclaimed Vancouver pianist Chiharu Iinuma returns to perform works by Chopin, Debussy and Takemitsu with cello professor Thomas Wiebe*.

February 1

Shock Waves: from Russia to America. Duo pianists Jean Marchand and Brigitte Poulin. Close collaborators for many years, the duo pianists scan the horizon of the last century and share powerful impressions engraved in their memory: those of contagious rhythms, ritual dances and intimate poetry.

February 8

Join Canadian clarinetist Christine Carter and Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin, and Timothy Steeves, piano) for the release of their debut trio album, "L'Invitation: Trios for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano." Repertoire will include Poulenc’s whimsical and rarely performed incidental music to the play, "Invitation to the Castle," Aram Khachaturian's illustrious trio, and the imaginative work for clarinet, violin, and piano by Italian composer, Gian Carlo Menotti.

March 1

Madness Unmasked: Doctoral vocal candidates Brianna DeSantis, soprano, and Chad Louwerse, bass-baritone, explore the theme of mental illness in the realm of opera. New pianist: Megaria Halim, piano.

March 8

New program*: Pleasures: Love and Food! DMA candidate Jennifer Cyr, soprano, with Samantha Lee, piano, and Catherine Fraser, clarinet, perform contemporary works about love and food. Works by Heggie, Tiefenbach and Uyeda.
*The Nicole Lizée, Eve Egoyan concert originally scheduled will be presented at a later date.

March 15

In celebration of JUNO Week in London, welcome Oscar® and Grammy®-nominated artist and Western alumnus Stephan Moccio, pianist, composer, as he performs his own music in a solo piano performance. Read the Fall 2018 edition of the Western Alumni Gazette “Keys to his Success”.

Following this concert, Stephan will also give a masterclass/workshop/Q&A from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

To hear more from Stephan Moccio today (March 15), “Moccio & Friends” perform Live at Aeolian Hall as part of JUNOFest. For complete details and ticket purchase information, visit The Aeolian website.

March 22

Our final concert of the season welcomes back The Light of East Ensemble, who will perform music of the Near and Middle East. Come to hear music from the Armenian, Arabic, Greek, Sephardic and Turkish cultures!

*Western University faculty member

General event inquiries:

Rachel Condie, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 519-661-3767


Group/School reservations:

Sasha Gorbasew, Student Recruitment Coordinator 519-661-2111 ext. 80532


Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series Coordinator/Booking inquiries:

Todd Wieczorek, D.M., Baritone, Assistant Professor of Music 519-661-2111 ext. 85398