Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series

April 3, 2020 would have marked the final concert in our "Fridays" series, and we know many of you would have joined us in person to celebrate this annual milestone. Instead, we are pleased to share this recording from our February 7, 2020 concert featuring piano faculty member Leslie Kinton performing three Beethoven piano sonatas. We hope you enjoy! Download program (PDF)

Thank you for attending our concerts this year, in particular for supporting our students. Our community continues to be strengthened by your support.

Cancellation Notice

March 12, 2020 - As recommended by Western University, to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and the campus and local community, and in consultation with our local Middlesex-London Health Unit, the final four concerts of the 2019-2020 "Fridays" season noted below have been cancelled. For ongoing updates, visit

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).

2019-20 Performances

September 20

Join with faculty members of the Don Wright Faculty of Music as they kick off the new “Fridays” season! Featuring  Patricia Green *, mezzo-soprano;  Chad Louwerse *, bass-baritone;  Jennifer Cyr, soprano;  Jackalyn Short *, soprano;  Stéphan Sylvestre *, piano;  Dr. John O. Hess *, piano;  Simone Luti *, piano;  Melvin Martin *, violin;  Aaron Hodgson *, trumpet;  Yolanda Tapia, piano.

September 27

“Moderne Frau” jazz and cabaret vocalist Adi Braun returns to the “Fridays” series with her collaborator, Western grad Tom King.

October 4

Axel Strauss, violin, Yegor Dyachkov, violoncello, and pianist Ilya Poletaev are Le Trio de Montréal!

October 25

Equally at home as a solo performer or collaborator, Brett Kingsbury * (piano) shares his musical talents in this instalment of the series.

November 15

Enjoy the musical marvels of internationally-acclaimed soprano Jane Archibald and Liz Upchurch , collaborative pianist and Music Director of the COC’s Studio Ensemble. (Made possible with funding from the Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

November 22

Christine Tithecott * joins forces with some of her talented friends and colleagues to focus on fantastic contemporary repertoire!  Additional performers:  Trevor Chartrand, piano;  Ron George *, horn;  Patricia Green *, mezzo soprano;  Jana Starling *, clarinet;  Annette-Barbara Vogel *, violin

November 29

Harpist Teresa Suen-Campbell and Stephen Tam *, flute, bring their delicate artistry for our final concert of 2019.

January 10

The first concert of the New Year features English music for viola(s) and piano with violists Caitlin Boyle * and Theresa Rudolph and pianist Brett Kingsbury * Program of works by British composers, or composers born there.

January 17

Chamber music for clarinet, harp, bassoon, and piano is on the menu when Marie Johnson *, Eliza Lam and Alexandre von Wartburg *, and Tina Yanchus-Hibbard * meet in von Kuster Hall.

January 24

Russian pianist Sofya Bugayan performs in addition to her participation as adjudicator and masterclass clinician for the Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

January 31

James Westman *, baritone, and Margie Bernal *, soprano collaborate with Olena Bratishko, piano, for a delightful afternoon of song!

Personnel update: the printed season brochure mistakenly lists collaborator Simone Luti for this concert. Many thanks to Olena Bratishko for her continued work and talent on this project.

February 7

Three Beethoven Sonatas: Early, Middle, and Late. Leslie Kinton * continues his passionate work on Beethoven’s piano sonatas bringing three more to the series. View online

February 28

Introducing the Carnyx Trio: Join Aaron Hodgson * (trumpet), Stephen Ivany (trombone), and alumna Yolanda Tapia (piano) for their first performance in the Series and in the inaugural season of their trio!

March 6

Award-winning violinist Erika Raum and cellist Thomas Wiebe * perform Zoltan Kodály’s Duo, and a London premiere by Omar Daniel *. Presented in combination with Composition Week.

March 13 - CANCELLED

The Southwest Guitar Trio: Robert Kubica * is joined by Michael MacNamara and Michael Pare and three guitars… finger-picking good!

March 20 - CANCELLED

The Sylvestre-Park Duo, comprised of pianists Stéphan Sylvestre * and Angela Park , combine their talents to bring us a Brahms symphony transcription.

March 27 -  CANCELLED

Internationally-acclaimed and award winning harpist Noël Wan is sure to please in the penultimate concert of the season!


Andreas Klein , piano, closes our season with two exceptional piano sonatas, one by Beethoven and the other by Prokofiev, in this concert sponsored by the Sonja Behrens Fund.

*Western University faculty member

Contact Info

General event inquiries

Rachel Condie
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Group/School reservations

Sasha Gorbasew
Student Recruitment Coordinator
519-661-2111 x80532 

Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series Coordinator/Booking inquiries

Todd Wieczorek, D.M.
Assistant Professor of Music
519-661-2111 x85398