Talking Music

Music Building

Talking Music takes place on select Fridays, following our signature Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series. Join us for expert insights into music research and practice by Western Music faculty members.

2022-23 Talks

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Friday, Jan 20 | 1:45pm - CANCELLED
“Sing as You Speak and Become Radically HIP” 
Professor Robert Toft gives this talk focused on “the shock of the old” and demonstrates how singers today may use information from the 18th and early 19th centuries to create a radically HIP* musical persona that embraces older principles of expression. (* Historically Informed Performance)
Originally scheduled for Nov 11 2022, this event is now cancelled. 

Friday, Feb 3 | 1:45pm - POSTPONED
“From the Hunt to the Concert Hall”
What does a horn have in common with a cell phone? Western professor and Tafelmusik alumnus Derek Conrod explores the fascinating evolution of the French horn, with live demonstrations on his own instruments.
Postponed due to inclement weather. New date TBA

Friday, Mar 3 | 1:45pm
“Contemporary Choral Collaborations”
Choral conductors Dr. Mark Ramsay and Dr. Tracy Wong provide a snapshot of exciting new collaborations and initiatives in our broader choral community. The talk will showcase how the choral field continues to evolve because of meaningful partnerships between ensembles, composers, community artists, and other organizations.

Friday, Mar 17 | 1:45pm
“The Recital Stage as a Means of Intensifying the Human Experience”
A discussion with clarinetists Jana Starling and Wesley Ferreira on recital programming, an artist's purpose, and the increasing value of the expansion of the concert experience.

Recent Talks

“Chamber Music, Friendship, and Mendelssohn’s Octet: A Conversation”
Octet musicians Scott St John, Erika Raum, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Mark Fewer, Sharon Wei, Annemarie Moorcroft, Mischa Meyer, and Thomas Wiebe, with moderator Jonathan De Souza

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Contact Info

Emily Abrams Ansari
Assistant Dean of Research
519-661-2111 x85387