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).

2018/2019 schedule will be posted in August.

2017/18 Schedule:

September 15

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.

September 22

Leslie Kinton*, piano — Pianist Dr. Leslie Kinton returns to the Fridays@12:30pm Concert Series with his lively interpretation and technical artistry.

September 29

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*.

October 20

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.

October 27

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.

November 3

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.

November 10

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.

November 17

Gwen Beamish*, piano, and Friends — "Gwen Beamish & Friends" celebrate Canadian Composers in a retrospective concert, featuring favourites from the past.

November 24

Annette-Barbara Vogel*, violin; Uriel Tsachor, piano — Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin, and Uriel Tsachor, piano, present music by “Brahms, the transcriber.”

December 1

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.

January 12

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.

January 19

Bethany Horst*, soprano; Dr. Leah Giselle Field, mezzo soprano; Mary Castello, piano — Alumnae 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.

January 26

New program! Brigitte Poulin performs "Let's Dance (or so)" featuring pieces by Philip Glass, Ana Sokolović and Alban Berg. (Due to scheduling changes, Yoko Hirota is no longer performing on this date.)

February 2

New program! Accompanied by Western University faculty member John Hess*, piano, voice students perform Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch. (Due to scheduling changes, James Westman and Anita Krause are no longer scheduled to perform.)

February 9

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.

March 2

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.

March 9

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.

March 16

Stéphan Sylvestre*, piano; Theodore Baerg*, baritone — Western’s Sylvestre and Baerg perform Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden, a Melodrama for Narrator and Piano, op. 38.

March 23

Annette-Barbara Vogel*, violin; Sharon Wei*, viola; Thomas Wiebe*, cello — Join our faculty string trio as they perform works by Beethoven and Alfred Schnittke.

*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