Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series

A Don Wright Faculty of Music tradition!

Join us for the "Fridays @ 12:30" Concert Series, an eclectic mix of music, featuring guest artists, faculty, and students. Concerts are planned for less than 60 minutes in length, making them a great way to spend your lunch hour!

We are also pleased to present Talking Music, a new research lecture series featuring expert insights into music research and practice by Music faculty members, following select “Fridays” concerts.

2022-23 Performances

The 2022-23 concert schedule will be announced in August.

Joining us on campus for an in-person event? For always-up-to-date health and safety protocols, check our Audience Information webpage before you leave home.

All concerts are open to the public to attend in person in von Kuster Hall, Music Building, as well as via livestream, starting promptly at 12:30pm Eastern time.

Recent Recordings

"Poetic Partnerships"
Exploring the union of poetry and music in gems of Art Song, featuring Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe
Emily Hamper, piano
Phillip Addis, baritone
Concert Program (PDF)

Chamber Music, Friendship, and Mendelssohn's Octet
String Octet in E flat Major, Op.20
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Violins: Scott St John, Erika Raum, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Mark Fewer
Violas: Annemarie Moorcroft, Sharon Wei
Cellos: Thomas Wiebe, Mischa Meyer
Concert Program (PDF)

Watch the "Chamber Music, Friendship, and Mendelssohn's Octet: A Conversation" Talking Music session

Recent Performances


Friday, September 24 | 12:30pm
Music and Songs About Reconnection – All-Alumni Concert
Alumni return home to the Don Wright Faculty of Music – featuring Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo-soprano, Clarence Frazer, baritone, Stéphane Mayer, piano, and Trevor Chartrand, piano – with a concert filled with the sounds of reconnecting to family, land and home.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, October 1 | 12:30pm
Solo Harp Masterworks
International award-winning harpist Noël Wan* performs virtuosic solo masterworks, Alexina Louie’s From the Eastern Gate, and J. S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, October 15 | 12:30pm
Musica Canadiana, One
Sopranos Margie Bernal Rodriguez* and Bethany Hörst* join forces with collaborator Marianna Chibotar-Rutkevich*, piano, to perform vocal works by Canadian composers. Guest performers may be in the forecast.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, October 22 | 12:30pm
Chamber Music, Friendship, and Mendelssohn’s Octet
Featuring Scott St John, violin; Erika Raum, violin; Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Mark Fewer, violin; Annemarie Moorcroft, viola; Sharon Wei*, viola; Mischa Meyer, cello; Thomas Wiebe*, cello performing String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. 
This concert is followed by Talking Music.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, November 12 | 12:30pm
Britten and Brahms Cello Sonatas
Alumna Petya Stavreva, piano, and Amahl Arulanandam, cello, bring to the Fridays Series celebrated works of the classical cello canon from Britten (Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65) and Brahms (Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, op. 99).
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, November 19 | 12:30pm
Contemporary Chamber Music
Marie Johnson
*, clarinet, Alexandre von Wartburg*, bassoon, and Joseph Smith, bassoon join forces with Tina Yanchus*,piano, in a concert bursting with contemporary chamber music.

Friday, November 26 | 12:30pm
Musica Canadiana, Deux
In this second installment of Canadian repertoire, Christine Tithecott*, piano, joins forces with friends and colleagues to explore contemporary Canadian repertoire featuring Bobbi Thompson*, saxophone; Ron George*, horn; Chad Louwerse*, baritone; and Trevor Chartrand, piano. 
This concert is followed by Talking Music.
Concert Program (PDF)


Friday, February 4 | 12:30pm – NEW PROGRAM
Solo Tuba Recital
The “Fridays” season returns in 2022 with an exciting concert featuring faculty member Jonathan Rowsell*, tuba, and alumna Yolanda Tapia, piano. (rescheduled from September 2021)
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, February 11 | 12:30pm
Omar Daniel CD release concert
A performance of selections from Omar Daniel’s recent CD, featuring performers Omar Daniel*, piano; Xin Wang, soprano; Erika Raum, violin; Rachel Miner, viola; and Thomas Wiebe*, cello. Repertoire includes Nine Estonian Runo-Songs.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, March 4 | 12:30pm
Kinton Plays Beethoven – "The Beginning and the End"
This season, Leslie Kinton*, piano, has planned to complete his project of performing all 32 Beethoven Sonatas at Western. This concert will consist of the first Sonata, op. 2 no. 1, followed by the last Sonata, op. 111.
Concert program (PDF)

Friday, March 11 | 12:30pm
“Fridays @ 12:30” Concert Series
Ben-Haim’s Clarinet Quintet
Graduate students Jillian Yang, violin; Paul Baek, violin; Rachel Miner, viola; Ethan Allers, cello; and Joel Robertson, clarinet play German-Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim’s Clarinet Quintet.
Concert program (PDF)

Friday, March 18 | 12:30pm
Brahms Symphony
The Sylvestre-Park Duo, comprised of pianists Stéphan Sylvestre* and Angela Park*, combine their talents to bring us a Brahms symphony transcription.
Concert program (PDF)

Friday, March 25 | 12:30pm
"Old and New"
Internationally acclaimed violist Rivka Golani teams up with pianist Angela Park* in a programme that celebrates old and new, from Debussy's Extrait du Prelude de L’Apres- Midi d’un faune to Rebecca Clarke's Sonata.
Concert Program (PDF)

Friday, April 1 | 12:30pm – NEW DATE
"Poetic Partnerships"
Featuring musical duo Emily Hamper, piano, and Phillip Addis, baritone, who explore the union of poetry and music in gems of Art Song, featuring Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
Concert Program (PDF)

*Western University faculty member

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Contact Info

General event inquiries

Rachel Condie
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Group/School inquiries

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