Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series

A Don Wright Faculty of Music tradition!

Join us live online year-round for the "Fridays @ 12:30" Concert Series, an eclectic mix of music, featuring guest artists, faculty, and students. Most concerts are 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.

Mendelssohn's Octet Recording

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

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

2021-22 Performances

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.

October 8, 2021 - Concerts remain closed to all campus visitors for at least the remainder of the fall term. Please do not attend in person unless you are a current Music student, faculty or staff member.

All concerts begin promptly at 12:30pm Eastern time via livestream


Friday, January 7 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
Artists in Residence Tafelmusik
Tafelmusik musicians Felix Deak, cello, and Western alumna Julia Wedman, violin, perform a programme featuring a variety of baroque composers, including Bach, dall’Abaco, Corelli and Biber. This concert is part of the Tafelmusik Residency with the Early Music Studio
This concert is followed by Talking Music.

Friday, January 14 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
The Human Condition: Exploration
Featuring LightBreak (Jana Starling* and Wesley Ferreira, clarinets), an electronic and multi-media clarinet duo that takes the intrepid path towards intensifying the human experience through the arts. With audio, visual and theatrical elements, "Exploration" considers the societal drive to explore boundaries, push limits, and the inherent conflicts therein. 
This concert is followed by Talking Music.

Friday, January 21 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
"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.

Friday, January 28 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
Artists-in-Residence Ensemble Made In Canada
Featuring Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei*, viola; Trey Lee, cello; Angela Park*, piano, performs Stewart Goodyear's Piano Quartet and Saint-Saens Piano Quartet in B flat major op. 41.

Friday, February 4 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
Lieder Konzert
Hear a sampling of great Lieder composers Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert, as well as delightful duets by Mendelssohn in this all-German concert with Bethany Hörst*, soprano; Sophie Louise Roland*, mezzo-soprano; and Marianna Chibotar-Rutkevich*, piano.

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

Friday, March 4 | 12:30pm
Kinton Plays Beethoven – "The Beginning and the End"
This season, Leslie Kinton*, piano, will complete his project of performing all 32 Beethoven Sonatas at Western. This concert – the last of three performances taking place in 2021-22 will consist of the first Sonata, op. 2 no. 1, followed by the last Sonata, op. 111.

Friday, March 11 | 12:30pm – POSTPONED
From Art Song to Opera and Broadway
Theodore Baerg*, baritone, brings a potpourri of vocal gems with Marianna Chibotar-Rutkevich* and Simone Luti* at the keyboard. 
This concert is followed by Talking Music.

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.
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 Schubert's Arpeggione to a world premiere by Canadian David Jaeger.

*Western University faculty member

Recent Events


Friday, September 17 | 12:30pm POSTPONED 
Our condolences to Mr. Rowsell on the passing of his grandmother.
Season Opening Concert
The “Fridays” season begins with an exciting concert featuring faculty member Jonathan Rowsell*, tuba, and alumna Yolanda Tapia, piano.

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)

*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