Faculty of Music

Fridays at 12:30 Series

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).

*A note about the 2017/2018 schedule: We're taking requests! Is there a piece of music you have a burning desire to hear and know more about? If so, we want to hear from you. Next year, we want to include pieces you would specifically like to hear with programing that also features insights from our music research faculty. Email your programming suggestions by March 28, 2017 and stay tuned for the results: musicresearch@uwo.ca

2016/17 Schedule:

September 16

Artistry and vocal brilliance will be on display as soprano Nathalie Paulin and mezzo-soprano Anita Krause*with John Hess*, piano, perform works by Handel, Bellini, Fauré, and Mendelssohn.

September 23

New program! Join Adi Braun and Adrean Farrugia as they bring the Fridays@12:30pm Concert Series a noon-thirty hour of cabaret. Adi Braun salutes three of the greatest female vocalists of all time in "An Evening with Rosie, Judy, and Peggy!" From the sultry "Come On-a My House", to the sexy mystique of "Fever", to the bittersweet truth of "The Man that Got Away", Adi, takes you down the yellow brick road and over the rainbow in a show of Clooney, Garland and Lee signature songs and swinging hits. Adi adds her own signature flair and powerhouse vocals to toe-tapping classics and luscious ballads in a show with something for everyone that will leave you asking “Is That All There Is?” Update (Sept. 19, 2016) - Due to unforseen circumstances, the Pierlot-Cutmore Duo originally scheduled for this date are no longer able to perform.

September 30

Double-Double Duo - Kornel Wolak, clarinet/piano; Michael Bridge, accordions/piano bring their intellect, expertise, talent and just plain fun to a new 21st century audience.

October 14

Awea Duo - Masahito Sugihara, saxophone; Jennifer Cooper, flute – present an exciting program for flute and saxophone duo including existing works, transcriptions, and premiere of a new work by Canadian composer, Emilie LeBel.

October 21

Pianist Andrea Botticelli performs a solo recital re-imagining the Classical repertoire using the fortepiano.

November 4

Soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard present a concert featuring the works of female composers, pioneers of the modern recital that were acknowledged yet largely overlooked, including Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Alma Mahler.

November 11

Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano) perform hidden gems by Haydn and Dallapiccola, as well as Brahms' beautiful Sonata in A major and Luis Bonfá's Black Orpheus.

November 11 – SPECIAL TIME – 8:00 p.m.

Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition Winner’s Tour featuring winner Matt Poon, piano, in this special “Fridays” evening concert.

November 18

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra members Cristina Zacharias, violin, and Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord, with violinist Joseph Lanza* present a recital of works by J.S. Bach and his German compatriots.

November 25

Marianna Chibotar*, piano, and fellow faculty members join forces to perform musical treasures of Franz Schubert.

January 6

Robert Kubica* performs music for classical and steel-string guitar, featuring both works composed for guitar and new transcriptions that explore the possibilities offered by alternate tunings.

January 13

Alexandre von Wartburg*, bassoon; Allison Wiebe-Benstead*, piano perform French and Canadian music for bassoon and piano from the 20th and 21st centuries.

January 20

Annette-Barbara Vogel*, violin with Christine Tithecott*, piano.

January 27

Marie Johnson* and Tina Yanchus* perform two of the best sonatas for clarinet and piano: The Brahms f minor sonata and the Camille St-Saëns sonata.

February 3

Western’s own Stéphan Sylvestre*, piano, performs Schumann’s masterpiece, Fantaisie, Op. 17, along with works by Debussy and Ravel.

February 10

Ensemble Made in Canada concludes their residency with a performance of a rarely-heard piano quartet by Josef Suk and Frank Bridge’s Phantasy for piano quartet.

March 3

Composer Dr. Marc Neufeld and the family Baerg (Gabrielle Heidinger Baerg, mezzo-soprano; Ted Baerg*, baritone; Daniel Baerg, percussion) present this recital to examine how many influences go into connecting text and music with texture and higher meaning.

March 10

Cellist Thomas Wiebe* and Vancouver pianist Chiharu Iinuma perform sonatas by Soviet composers Sergei Prokofiev and Alfred Schnittke.

March 17

For the final concert of the season, we celebrate Canada 150! Due to unforseen schedule changes, Canadian piano trio Trio Fibonacci originally scheduled is no longer able to perform. Instead, we are delighted to welcome Trio Fibonacci's cellist, Gabriel Prynn, to perform the following solo cello program: Ligeti - Solo Sonata; Denis Gougeon (Canadian composer) - Pluton; Reich - Cello Counterpoint; Analia Llugdar (Canadian composer) - Luvina.

*Western University faculty member

General event inquiries:

Rachel Condie, Marketing and Communications Coordinator rachel.condie@uwo.ca 519-661-3767

Group/School reservations:

Sasha Gorbasew, Student Recruitment Coordinator agorbase@uwo.ca 519-661-2111 ext. 80532

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

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