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 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).
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo soprano; John Hess*, piano. — Two new Canadian song cycles by two great composers. Chris Paul Harman sets the texts of the great Spanish poet Garcia Lorca, while Nicole Lizee has a great deal of fun with a mash-up of a few of her favourite films in a hilarious video component.
Leslie Kinton*, piano — Pianist Dr. Leslie Kinton returns to the Fridays@12:30pm Concert Series with his lively interpretation and technical artistry.
Ensemble Made in Canada — EMIC’s tour kickoff concert! Come hear the ensemble before they head off to Thunder Bay, Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener. Program includes Dohnanyi’s Sextet with Jana Starling* and Ron George*.
Stephen Ivany, trombone — Join East Carolina University's Assistant Trombone Professor, Dr. Stephen Ivany for an afternoon of trombone. The recital will feature works by Appermont, Vaughan Williams, Wagenseil, Pryor, and a Canadian Premiere of a new Sonata by Jose F. Hernandez.
Anne Thompson*, flute; Melaney Conly, soprano; Greg Millar, piano — Western’s Anne Thompson, flute, is joined by soprano Melaney Conly and pianist Greg Millar as they present gems of Canadian composers, featuring Steven Chatman’s Dandy Man.
Eckhardt-Gramatté First Runner-up, Maeve Palmer, soprano; Joy Lee, piano — E-Gré finalist soprano Maeve Palmer, with pianist Joy Lee, perform contemporary works by Nono and Ligeti, and Canadian works by Hétu and Leroux. The highlight of the concert will be the 2017 E-Gré commissioned piece Malfuntionlieder, a song cycle that integrates manipulated voice on film with live voice and piano, by acclaimed Canadian composer Nicole Lizée.
Robert Reisling, clarinet, and Denis Jung, piano — Robert Riseling, clarinet and Denise Jung, piano, premiere “The Motor City Collection”, 10 autobiographical pieces by Alan Torok influenced by the tunes and leading artists of Motown in the 60s.
Gwen Beamish*, piano, and Friends — "Gwen Beamish & Friends" celebrate Canadian Composers in a retrospective concert, featuring favourites from the past.
Annette-Barbara Vogel*, violin; Uriel Tsachor, piano — Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin, and Uriel Tsachor, piano, present music by “Brahms, the transcriber.”
Ilya Poletaev, piano — The Romantic Soul - An hour-long exploration of lyrical narrative across styles, ages, and instruments. Music by Froberger, Louis Couperin, Chopin, and Beethoven.
Violinist Scott St. John* and pianist Katherine Chi recreate a BBC broadcast in 1930, with music by Healey Willan, Hector Gratton, Claude Champagne and Leo Smith.
Bethany Horst*, soprano; Dr. Leah Giselle Field, mezzo soprano; Mary Castello, piano — Alumna Bethany Horst and Dr. Leah Giselle Field present German Lieder and duets with collaborative pianist Mary Castello. Selections by H. Wolf, R. Schumann and J. Brahms.
Yoko Hirota, piano — Japanese-Canadian pianist Yoko Hirota performs this recital as part of her new CD launch national tour “Umbra Septentrionis” (The Shadow of the North) that features solo piano works by ten Canadian composers. Her touring received funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
James Westman*, baritone; Anita Krause*, mezzo soprano; John Hess*, piano — Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler. The songs form a brilliant snapshot of the great composer. The poems range from delightfully demented, with saints preaching to fish, to achingly beautiful songs lamenting the loss of life. The sound of soldiers marches through the entire cycle.
Sophie Louise Roland*, mezzo, with Joseph Lanza*, violin — Dr. Sophie Louise Roland and Joseph Lanza, along with selected students of the Early Music Studio, present a concert of Italian baroque music.
Tafelmusik — Joseph Lanza*, violin; and Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord — Part of the Western/Tafelmusik 7th annual residency, members of Tafelmusik will perform baroque chamber music on period instruments.
EVA (Finnish Trio) — EVA trio features cellist, Vesa Norilo; kantele player, Anna-Karin Korhonen and soprano, Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), from Helsinki, Finland. This folk fusion ensemble will present repertoire that celebrates Finnish culture, past and present.
*Western University faculty member
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