Guest Artists

We are honoured to invite guests to perform at the Don Wright Faculty of Music to enhance the education, experience and artistry of our students. The public are welcome to attend! Be sure to visit the "Fridays @ 12:30" concert series and Guest Artist Masterclass webpages for your chance to hear more exceptional guest artists at Western.


Parsons & Poole: Stewart Goodyear, piano

Friday, October 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

$40/$15 adults/students and seniors in advance ($45/$20 cash only at the door)

Stewart GoodyearParsons & Poole Legacy Concert featuring internationally renowned pianist Stewart Goodyear. Parsons & Poole Masterclass with Stewart Goodyear: October 12 at 10:00 a.m., Paul Davenport Theatre (free admission)

Purchase advance tickets online or by phone: 519-672-8800 via The Grand Theatre box office.

Visit the event webpage for complete information.


Sonatas of Nordic Composers

Tuesday, October 22 | 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Asami HagiwaraJapanese-American pianist, Asami Hagiwara will perform works by Barber, Grieg, and Sibelius. The highlights of the program include sonatas of two representative Nordic composers: Sibelius and Grieg. The early, youthful compositions by the composers illustrate their peaks of the Nationalism writing, bringing out the uniqueness of the folk styles from Norway and Finland.

(Photo Credit: Michael Kreiser)


Marie Picard

Thursday, November 21 | 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Marie PicardBass clarinetist and clarinetist Marie Picard, with faculty member Marie Johnson, clarinet and bass clarinet, Professor Emeritus Robert Riseling, clarinet, and alumna Denise Jung, piano, perform works for clarinet and bass clarinet with and without piano by Wuensch, Smallman, Torok, Bach, Boismortier, Bedoya and others. (This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)


Quasar Saxophone Quartet

Wednesday, January 29 | 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Quasar Saxophone QuartetA true sonic portrait of Canadian new music, Quasar Saxophone Quartet’s Territoires Sonores project presents new music from composers representing five regions of Canada: the Maritimes, Prairies, British Columbia/Yukon, Ontario and Quebec.

The project is a current and vibrant anthology of the diversity, creativity and richness of artists from across the country. More than a series of commissions, this project is a gathering, sharing and exchange space for the music community and for the public. Quasar’s performance at Western will feature four works commissioned from within the context of their Territoires Sonores project as well as Faux-pas-de-deux, a piece written by Western composer Aaron Lee. (This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)


The Lioness of Iran

Friday, March 6 - CANCELLED

Lioness of IranThe Lioness of Iran concert has been cancelled.

A concert of music for the Instruments of Happiness quartet (guitars), with mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. Six new compositions, all based around the poetry of the Nobel-Prize nominated Iranian dissident poet, Simin Behbahani. Music by Kiya Tabassian, Laurie Radford, Jennifer Butler, Parisa Sabet, Tim Brady and Juliet Palmer. Presented as part of Composition Week.


Jeremy Dutcher: Musical performance, and in conversation with Bimadoshka Puca

Monday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Jeremy DutcherPerformance by Canadian tenor Jeremy Dutcher, vocalist, composer, musicologist, Polaris Prize and Juno winner, in conversation with anthropologist Bimadoshka Pucan. Presented as part of Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies series Making Matters.

This event is co-sponsored by Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, the Department of Anthropology, and co-hosted by Indigenous Studies, the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and Indigenous Services.