Monday, December 19, 2011

Concert Listings December 19 - January 3

Wednesday December 21 and Thursday December 22, 2011 7pm Amahl and the Night Visitors - an hour long Christmas opera by G.C. Menotti. Presented by A Little Opera Company. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av. $15-$5.

Wednesday December 21, 2011 7:30pm and December 22 at 8pm A Lightly Classical Christmas, Edmonton Symphony. Stuart Chafetz, conductor, Nathan Berg, baritone, Richard Eaton Singers. Winspear Centre.

Tuesday December 27, 2011 6:30pm Christmas Fundraising Concert for the Anne Burrows Music Foundation. Vocalists Alexandra von der Ohe and Carrie Dimaculangan, Angelina Weber and Ewald Cheung, violin, Taddes Korris, double bass, and Karl Schwonik, percussion. Michael Massey, music director. $25 at door or from Fran Armstrong 780 487 5567 or Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Edmonton Food Bank. Tax deductible donation can be mailed to PO Box 76115 RPO Southgate, Edmonton T6H 5Y7 or online via Giovanni Yamaha Concert Hall, 10528 Mayfield Rd.

Sunday January 1, 2012 2:30pm Salute to Vienna - Neujahrskonzert. The Strauss Symphony of Canada. Niels Muus, conductor, Katarzyna Dondalska, soprano, Alexander Kaimbacher, tenor, Dancers from Ballet St. Pölten. Winspear Centre.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lieutentant Governor Emerging Artist Awards - call for nominations

2012 Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Awards

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has established a program of awards for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the profile of the arts in Alberta.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards are awarded every second year, beginning in 2008. Each Award consists of $10,000 and a medal. Up to ten prizes may be awarded in each awards cycle. Award recipients are selected by an application and adjudication process. Emerging Alberta Artists who meet the eligibility criteria may make application for the Award.

Application deadline: February 10, 2012

For more information, please click HERE

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

UPDATED! Concert Listings December 13 - 18

Tuesday December 13, 2011 7pm UofA music - Graduate Student Composers Concert featuring the Enterprise Quartet. Dr. Andriy Talpash, conductor. Admission by donation. Studio 27, Fine Arts Bldg, UofA.

December 16 - 30, 2011 (various times) The Wizard of Oz. Written by L. Frank Baum, Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Directed by Richard Winnick, Music Direction by Sally Hunt. Festival Place, Sherwood Park.

Friday December 16, 2011 12pm Christmas Bureau Sing-along with Edmonton's talented choir community. Admission is FREE and volunteers will be accepting donations. Winspear Centre. Donations can also be made online at

Friday December 16, 2011 8pm FREE The University of Alberta Guitarists. Works by Albinoni, Albeniz, Bach, Dyens, Gagne, Piazzola, Rameau, Roman and others. Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, UofA.

Friday December 16 and Saturday December 17, 2011 7:30pm Handel's Messiah William Eddins, conductor, Linda Perillo, soprano, Frances Jellard, mezzo-soprano, John Tessier, tenor, Nathan Berg, baritone, U of A Madrigal Singers, i Coristi Chamber Choir. Winspear Centre.

Friday December 16 - 18, 2011 The Singing Christmas Tree - Jubillee Auditorium.

Saturday December 17, 2011 7:30pm Mill Creek Colliery Band – Festive Brass. David Hoyt, conductor. Robertson-Wesley United Church, $18, $14 available at the door or Tix on the Square.

Saturday December 17, 2011 7:30pm Cosmopolitan Music Society - Monday and Chorus Christmas Concert. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Blvd. Tickets $10 adults, $7 students/seniors and children five and under are FREE when purchased in advance.

Saturday December 17, 2011 7:30pm Jubiloso Bells of Concordia and Concordia Community Chorus. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St.

Sunday December 18, 2011 2:30pm A Pro Coro Christmas, Pro Coro Canada, with Da Camera Singers, Dr. John Brough, conductor. Winspear Centre.

Sunday December 18, 20117:30pm 2nd Annual Community Carol Sing at Riverbend United Church, 14907-45 Av. Refreshments to follow.

Sunday December 18, 2011 7pm Night of Wonder – A Family Night of Music. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 201 Haddow Close (Terwillegar Drive and 23 Av). Free will offering, reception to follow.

Edmonton Youth Choir's Star Light, Star Bright - December 17, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Opus 32 - Christmas Fundraising Concert for the Anne Burrows Foundation

A musical foundation that’s helped elevate the careers of such local prodigies as Angela Cheng to international status will be holding its 32nd annual festive recital this month. The Opus 32 – Christmas Fund Raising Concert, a fundraiser for the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, takes place Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Giovanni Yamaha Concert Hall (10528 Mayfield Road).

The Opus concerts provide the foundation the opportunity to showcase the talents of the scholarship recipients, create public awareness of the foundation's mission, and provide an important fundraising opportunity. Artists slated to perform will consist of current and previous recipients of assistance from the foundation, including vocalists Alexandra von der Ohe and Carrie Dimaculangan, violinists Angelina Weber and Ewald Cheung, double bassist Taddes Korris and percussionist Karl Schwonik. The event’s music director, Michael Massey, will also perform with the participating recipients.

The Opus 32 – Christmas Fund Raising Concert is a testament to the work of Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio arts critic Dr. Anne Burrows, frequently hailed as “the first lady of Edmonton’s musical past.” Burrows was also a musician, music teacher, arts philanthropist and recipient of such honours as the Order of Canada (1992) and the Alberta Centennial Arts Medal (2005), and has been instrumental in helping gifted musical artists achieve their dreams via the foundation she started in 1979. Although Burrows, who was blind since the age of six, died in 2007, a dedicated group of cultural devotees continues her work today.

Tickets for the show are $25 and available at the door or by contacting Fran Armstrong at 780-487-5567 or via email to In the spirit of the season, the owners of the Giovanni Yamaha Concert Hall are not charging the foundation for the use of the facility, but ask patrons to bring a non-perishable item for the Edmonton Food Bank.

The foundation also accepts tax-deductible donations, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 76115, RPO Southgate, Edmonton, AB T6H 5Y7 or online via and entering Anne Burrows Music Foundation in the search window.

Review - A Birthday Concert to Remember - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

From Sound and Noise -  University of Alberta Music Students on Music

What happens when a respected, regional orchestra presents its 60th season? The organization celebrates in style. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, our city’s professional full-sized orchestra, is unashamedly (and rightfully so) promoting its trip to Carnegie Hall on May 8, 2012 to ring in 60 years of music making. The orchestra played its first concert on November 30, 1952 (yes, that makes it 59 years old but this is officially its 60th season), and I was lucky to witness a captivating concert on November 30, 2011. There was even one audience member, named Hope, who led the second violins in that first performance 59 years ago. The crowd and the orchestra showed her their admiration at the beginning of the second half.

Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the evening was fittingly named “Berlioz, Respighi & Elgar.” I admit that some of my colleagues in the ESO mentioned that Mr. Zeitouni was an inspiring conductor, which only heightened my excitement for the first gesture of his baton. Beginning with Ottorino Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano, Zeitouni demonstrated deeply sensitive and exuberant conducting that never overshadowed the work of each orchestra member. Respighi’s music always creates an evocatively vivid picture and, as you may have gotten from the title, Zeitouni chose a work that Respighi based on three paintings by Botticelli (whose real name was Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi). The orchestra’s string players earned their keep in the first movement, “La Primavera” (Spring), a joyously shimmering piece that required measure after measure of trills from the strings. As winter settles in Edmonton, this first movement only made me think of how excited I will be to see the first leaves appear in April. Zeitouni’s captivating conducting and the orchestra’s assured playing continued throughout the second and final movements, “L’adorazione dei Magi” (The Adoration of the Magi) and “La nascita de Venere” (The Birth of Venus). Next up was mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel to join the orchestra for Hector Berlioz’s immortal Les nuits d’été.

Lebel walked out with a generous smile that put the whole audience at ease. She looked great. She had a nice voice. Her French was good. There was something strange, though. She seemed, at first, slightly unprepared. For such a famous (and beautiful) song cycle, she seemed to be looking at the music often in the first movement. I was surprised she was using her music at all. Nothing was horribly wrong, but I was unfortunately distracted by her hand gestures that seemed unmotivated. However, without missing a beat, Lebel quickly calmed my fears in the second movement by not once looking at the music and allowing a truly gorgeous instrument and nuanced sense of acting to come through. This movement, “Le spectre de la rose” (The Ghost of the Rose), is the ultimate example of rich, colourful and lugubrious French music of the 19th century, and Lebel perfectly captured every aspect of the piece. “Phew,” I thought. When she was not glued to her score, she was as beautiful to listen to as to watch. Her performance of the fourth movement, “Absence,” was the highlight of the entire work for me. The ESO responded well to her warm voice, playing with its own warm colour that supported Lebel throughout. After a brief intermission, the audience returned to the concert hall of the Winspear Centre in anticipation of a beloved standard in the orchestral repertoire.

Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is always a favourite of classical music lovers. The depth of colours and the incomparable fame of the “Nimrod” variation make the entire work difficult to fault. All that really needs to be said about the ESO’s performance on Wednesday evening is that it was some of the best playing I had ever heard from the ensemble. With maestro Zeitouni at the helm, each musician held nothing back in creating a captivating performance that rang with endless brilliance from start to finish.

Wednesday night’s concert has left me hoping several things. I hope that the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will survive the decline of classical music appreciation and stick around for another 60 years, that Jean-Marie Zeitouni will return to conduct the ensemble in the future, and that all classical music concerts will be as engaging and accessible as this one was so that my first wish has a hope of coming true.

Learn more about the ESO’s trip to Carnegie Hall and other upcoming events at their website,

-Mark Wilkinson

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hark! The Sounds of Holiday Magic Come to City Hall

Do you hear what I hear? It's Holiday Magic bringing the sounds of the season to City Hall. Ring in the holidays with delightful performances by school choirs from across Edmonton.

Don't miss the special performance by the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus on Tuesday December 6, 2011 from 2-3pm.

Please support the Edmonton Food Bank by bringing a non-perishable food item.

For a full list of choirs and the performance schedule, please click HERE.

Amahl and the Night Visitors - December 21 and 22, 2011

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Sunday December 11, 2011 FREE!

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and MP3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. In an act of modern-day caroling, people bring their own boomboxes and drift peacefully through a shimmering cloud of yuletide sounds which is different from every listener's perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations.

Join us this year for Edmonton's first Unsilent Night, as we lead a chorus of boomboxes from the Timms Centre at the U of A campus, down Whyte Avenue to Gazebo Park on 104 st. by the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own boomboxes, iPod speakers or other sound blasters. We will be handing out a limited number of boomboxes, as well as cassettes, CDs, and MP3 uploads for those who bring their own players. Check out or our Facebook event "Unsilent Night Edmonton" to RSVP or for more details.

Unsilent Night Edmonton
Sunday, December 11 2011 6:00-7:00 pm
Meet at 5:45 at the mini pyramids in front of the Timms Centre (112 st & 87 ave)!/events/312939362054096/

Concert Listings December 6 - 12

Wednesday December 7 2011 7pm St. Albert Community Band and the Saint City Big Band - Christmas Concert. Arden Theatre.

December 9, 10 and 11, 2011 7pm and 1:30pm Alberta Ballet, The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky). Jubillee Auditorium.

Saturday December 10, 2011 2pm and 7pm Kokopelli Choirs – Wintersong. McDougall United Church.

Saturday December 10, 2011 4pm Advent and Christmas Concert with special guests the UofA Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, Robert de Frece, conductor. Admission by donation to benefit Edmonton Christmas Charities. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St.

Saturday December 10, 2011 7pm Salvation Army's Festival of Carols - a family Christmas concert. Free admission - ticket required for entry. Tickets available at Salvation Army Offices - 780 423 2111

Saturday December 10, 2011 7:30pm and Sunday December, 11 2011 2:30pm Cosmopolitan Music Society - Tuesday and Wednesday Band Christmas Concert . Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.00 for students/seniors and children five and under are FREE when purchased in advance.

Saturday December 10, 2011 7:30pm Festival City Winds Music Society, Robert Tegler Student Centre, 7128 Ada Blvd.

Sunday December 11, 2011 1pm Schola Cantorum Choirs Festival of Light Concert. Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Sunday December 11, 2011 3pm Concert de Noël - Chorale Saint-Jean with Les Chantamis d'Edmonton, Marie-Josée Ouimet, director. McDougall United Church, $25 and $15. Tickets available from members of both choirs and at the Librairie Le Carrefour (Cité francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury). Benefit for the Choralies internationales Edmonton 2012.

Sunday December 11, 2011 3pm Silent Night - the Wirth Institute's annual Christmas concert. UofA, Convocation Hall.

Sunday December 11, 2011 4pm Music of Hope and Light - Lessons and Carols. Choir of Robertson-Wesley, soloists, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, Director, Belinda Chiang, accompanist. Music by Mark Sirett, Lydia Adams, and W.H. Anderson. Free will offering.

Sunday December 11, 2011 6pm FREE Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night. An outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts recorded on cassettes, CDs and MP3s played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets. Some boomboxes are available, but bring your own if you can (boomboxes, iPod speakers or other sound blasters). Participants meet at 5:45pm at the mini pyramids in front of the Timms Centre (112 St and 87 Av). Unsilent Night moves down Whyte Avenue to Gazebo Park on 104 St by the Old Strathcona Farmers Market.

Sunday December 11, 2011 7:30pm Steve Bell, guitar - Advent Solo Concert. All Saints Anglican Cathedral 10035 103 St. Tickets $15 available at the Cathedral, Universal Church Supplies or at 1800 854 3499.

Sunday December 11, 2011 7:30pm Greenwood Singers, Hymns and Readings for Christmas. St. Joseph’s Basilica 10044 113 St. Tickets $10, at the door and from St. Joseph’s College, 780 492 7681 ext 231.

Sunday December 11, 2011 2:30pm Cantilon Choirs, Ceremony of Carols. Heather Johnson, artistic director. Winspear Centre, $20, $17. Tix on the Square.

Monday December 12, 2011 8pm Greenwood Singers, The Many Moods of Christmas. Helen Stuart, piano, Marnie Giesbrecht, organ, UofA Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers. Tix on the Square.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Live Choral Music at the Legislature 2011

Live choral music will ring throughout the Legislature most noon hours and evenings in the month of December. Hot cocoa will warm your toes every evening.

Click HERE for the schedule of choir performances from December 1 - 23rd, 2011.

Carols and Lullabies - Vocal Alchemy

Deadline for Nominations - 2012 Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Awards

Nomination deadline January 16, 2012


Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the 25th Annual Mayor's Celebration of the Arts on Monday April 2, 2012 at the Winspear Centre. The Mayor's Celebration of the Arts is an annual event designed to acknowledge and celebrate Edmonton’s arts community and partnerships between business and the arts.

Nominations are invited for the following eight awards:
• Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
• Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
• John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
• ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement ($2,500 cash prize)
• CN Award for Youth Artist ($2,500 cash prize)
• DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction ($2,500 cash prize)
• Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist ($2,500 cash prize)
• TELUS Courage to Innovate Award ($2,500 cash prize)

Guidelines for Nominations

• The nominations for these awards may be made by any resident of Edmonton including individuals and organizations.
• An individual or organization may nominate only one business/individual per category.
• A nominee cannot win in more than one category in the same year.
• Past nominees may be nominated again.
Nominations must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Download nomination form HERE.

Nominations may be sent by e-mail to, mailed to PACE at Box 11933 Edmonton, AB, T5J 3L1, or hand delivered to the 1st floor reception desk, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton.

Independent juries will make all award decisions and all decisions of those juries will be final. The juries are comprised of members of the professional arts community, representatives from each corporate sponsor, a representative from the Office of the Mayor (for the Mayor’s Awards) and past winners, when available.

Nominees may not be nominated by family members.

Please note: the nominee and nominator will each receive one free ticket to the performance, which this year includes a post-reception.

You can buy tickets for the ceremony and performances at the Winspear Centre.

Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music December 2 and 3, 2011

Exposing Diversity: New Music Festival Celebrates Edmonton’s Prolific and Imaginative Artists

Reaching out of the concert hall and into the community, the Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music celebrates Edmonton’s diverse sonic arts scene in a two-day exploration of musical expression.

More than just a series of concerts, The Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music embraces composers, dancers, electronic sound artists and improvisers ranging from the traditional to the unexpected.

The Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music December 2 and 3, 2011

Alberta College, Muttart Hall 10050 MacDonald Drive

General: $20 per night
Students: $10 per night

General: $30 Festival Pass
Students: $20 Festival Pass

Featuring performances by: Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble: Allison Balcetis, saxophone
Daniel Gervais, violin
Bill Damur, flute
Moni Mathew, viola
Don Ross, music director & clarinet
Janet Smith, soprano
Andriy Talpash, conductor
Scott Smallwood, sound artist
Wijit, DJ
Reinhard von Berg, electronic artist
MUGBAIT, electronic artists
Thom Golub, bass
Kathleen de Caen, cello
Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano
Phil Jagger, sound and visual artist
Jacques Arseneau, tenor

The Tonus Vivus New Music Festival aims to bring attention to some hitherto “unfestivaled” practices while challenging and expanding the notion of what a music festival is by celebrating Edmonton’s astoundingly prolific and imaginative artists.


Friday Dec. 2 at 7:00pm – Muttart Hall, Alberta College

Monica Clorey Pearce: “Imaginary Moments” Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble
Scott Smallwood: “Rites and Dust” laptop performance
Michael Horwood: “Microduet #6” for Tenor Saxophone and Ladder Ratchet
Jacek Sobieraj: “Autumn synthscapes” electronics and video
Kristin Flores: “Emily Dickinson” for cello and voice
Dave Wall: “Broken Lines” for piano
Raimundo Gonzalez: “Arthemis” for alto saxophone
Jeremy Doody: “Monism Explained” voice, clarinet, cello, sop sax, and conductor
Dan Brophy: “Exhumed” pre-recorded tape

Friday Night 9:00pm – Alberta College Lobby

Thom Golub: “Arid” (performed by Don Ross and Thom Golub)
Phil Jagger: “Microcity” (performed by Don Ross, Reinhard, Thom Golub
MUGBAIT and Widjit (performed by them)
Reinhard von Berg: “Extended Piano and Poetry” (performed by Reinhard)
Helve Sastok: “Sailing the High ‘C’”

Saturday Dec. 3 Electronic Tent “The Sounding Room” (running continuously in Alberta College)

Michael Matthews: “On the Outer Edge”
Rolf Boon: “Waves”
Reinhard von Berg: “Cult Figure”
Aris Carastathis: “Full of Stars”
Don Ross: “My Dad’s Story”
Ian Crutchley: “Arco/Lyrically”
Helve Sastok: “Sailing the High ‘C’”
Michael Horwood: “Monday Afternoon”
Robert Morin: “Blue Evening”
Dan Brophy “Exhumed”

Saturday Sound Walk with Scott Smallwood 3:00pm, leaves from Alberta College

Saturday Panel 4:30pm – Alberta College

Michael MacDonald (chair), Gerry Morita, Charles Stolte, Allison Balcetis and George Andrix

Saturday, Dec 3 at 7:00pm

Alissa Cheung: “Close Cover Before Striking” for flute, clarinet, violin, piano and conductor
Elisha Denburg: “Idee Fixe” for piano
Michael Matthews: “Night Music” for violin and piano
William Pura: “Four Songs after Albert Pinkham Ryder”
Ron Hannah: “Trio # 1”, 1st and 3rd mvts for Piano trio
Erin Rogers: “Quartet” for Bb clarinet, violin, violincello and piano
Robert Rosen: “Meditation No. 5 “Mosaic” 1981 for Flute and Piano
Jordan Nobles: “Similacrum” Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

REVISED! Concert Listings November 29 - December 5

Thursday December 1, 2011 7pm Alberta College Honour Band, Rita Burns, Director. Solo performances by woodwinds and brass students. Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Thursday December 1, 2011 7:30pm Cheryl and Bruce Harding, An Advent Evening. Trinity United Church.

Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2011 Time? The King's University College Chamber Choir - The Festival of Trees, Shaw Conference Centre.

Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3, 2011 The Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music. Performances by Allison Balcetis, saxophone, Daniel Gervais, violin, Catherine Norris, flute, Moni Mathew, viola, Don Ross, clarinet, Janet Smith, soprano, Andriy Talpash, conductor, Scott Smallwood, sound artist, Wijit, DJ, Reinhard von Berg, electronic artist, MUGBAIT, electronic artists. Alberta College, Muttart Hall. $20, $15 per night, $30, $20 festival pass. Day and evening events. For a full listing of the performance schedule, go to or CLICK HERE.

Friday December 2, 2011 8pm UofA Concert Choir - Winter Dances. Works by Britten, Daunais, Jasperse, Tormis and Whitacre. Convocation Hall, UofA

Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3, 2011 8pm A Merry Pops Christmas Bob Bernhardt, conductor, Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano, Greenwood Singers , University of Alberta Handbell Ringers, Tap dancers from Victoria School of the Arts. Winspear Centre.

Saturday December 3, 2011 4pm Il Duo - Ron Long, tenor, Clint Hagel, tenor and Gail Olmstead, piano. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St. Fundraiser to fix the large stained glass window at the back of the church. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Saturday December 3, 2011 4pm Winter Treasures - from Chopin to Piazzola. Jerzy Kaplanek, violin, Stephan Sylvestre, piano. Presented by the Polish Culture Society. Music includes Chopin, Wjeniawski, Bacewicz, Piazzolla and "Omaggio a Johann Sebastian Bach by local composer Piotr Grella-Mozejko. All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 St. Tix on the Square $22, $11.50.

Sunday December 4, 2011 2pm UofA Concert Band - Mostly Mediaeval for Winds. Admission by donation. Works include Variants on a Mediaeval Tune, Norma Dello Joio, Praetorius Suite, Jan Bach, Rhosymedre, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Come Sweet Death, J.S. Bach arranged by Alfred Reed, and Of Sailors and Whales, Francis McBeth. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Sunday December 4, 2011 2pm The Royal Canadian Artillery Band and the Richard Eaton Singers. Capt Eric Gagnon, director of music. $10 adults, $5 children. In support of the Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.

Sunday December 4, 2011 2:30pm Edmonton Columbian Choirs, Celebration of Christmas. McDougall United Church. Tickets $15, call 780 430 6808.

Sunday December 4, 2011 3pm Concordia Christmas Concert – Concordia Concert Choir, Concordia Ringers, Concordia Community Chorus Chamber Ensemble. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St.

Sunday December 4, 2011 3pm and 7:30pm Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Music for a festive season. Jolaine Kerley, soprano, Mark Wilkinson, bass, Robin Doyon, trumpet, and the Da Camera Singers. Handel, The Trumpet Shall Sound, Torelli, Christmas Sinfonia, Bach, Cantata Jauchzet Gott, Mozart, Missa Brevis in D. Robertson-Wesley United Church. Tix on the Square or the Gramophone.

Sunday December 4, 2011 3pm and 7:30pm Carols and Lullabies - Vocal Alchemy. Music by Victoria, Lauridsen, Gjeilo and Chatman. Saint Andrew's United Church, 9915 148 St. Tix on the Square.

Sunday December 4, 2011 7:30pm Edmonton Recital Society, New Orford String Quartet. Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, violin, Eric Nowlin, viola, Brian Manker, cello, with guest violinist Aaron Au. Music includes Blanc Dominant, by Canadian-Serbian composer Ana Sokolovic, Beethoven String Quartet op. 135 in F major, and Brahms String Quintet in G major, op. 111. Muttart Hall, Alberta College. Tix on the Square. $30-$20 and $10 student rush tickets one hour before the concert.

Monday December 5, 2011 UofA Monday Noon Music FREE 45 min, student concerts from western classical to world music. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Convocation Hall, UofA.

Monday December 5, 2011 5pm FREE Hear's to Your Health concert series featuring Andrew Wan, violin, Brian Manker, cello and Patricia Tao, piano. Music includes Beethoven Trio in E-flat, op. 1, no. 1 and Ravel Sonate for violin and cello. Foyer to the Bernard Snell Auditorium, Walter MacKenzie Health Science Centre.

Monday December 5, 2011 7pm Masterclass with the New Orford String Quartet including Andrew Wan, violin and Brian Manker, cello. Room 3-46: Violin Masterclass with Andrew Wan, Room 1-29: Cello Masterclass with Brain Manker. Open to Dept of Music students.

Monday, December 5, 2011 8pm The King’s University College Choirs -"The King of Love". Dr. Melanie Turgeon, conductor, King's University College Concert, Chamber and Community Choirs with Vocal Alchemy, featured soloists and brass. Winspear Centre, $20, $15, $5 (children 12 and under).

Review - Guest Conductor Demonstrates Pro Coro's Real Worth

From Sound and Noise · University of Alberta Music Students on Music
November 24, 2011

Fully professional choirs are rare in Canada. Edmonton is home to one of only three throughout the country, Pro Coro Canada. The others, Toronto’s Elmer Iseler Singers and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, have undoubtedly achieved more of a household status than the Edmonton equivalent. This will change if guest conductor Michael Zaugg, who led the choir through a remarkable concert on Sunday, takes the helm next season.

Zaugg was the third of three conductors to be shortlisted for the position of the ensemble’s new Artistic Director. If Sunday’s concert was any indication, I would be remiss not to guess that Zaugg has an excellent chance of a successful application. In speaking to several colleagues and concertgoers, we all agreed that we had never heard such a sound from Pro Coro. The entire program had an unrelenting energy that kept the entire audience hooked from start to finish. The repertoire was varied, with a good combination of known and unknown pieces, and the quality of singing was first-rate. Zaugg featured several members of the ensemble in small solos throughout, and special mention goes to Catherine Kubash for her hauntingly peaceful performance in Lili Boulanger’s “Soir sur la plaine.”

Sunday afternoon’s concert was one that made me excited for the future of Pro Coro. I am glad that Edmonton has now witnessed the choir’s full potential. I believe strongly that such energy will catapult the choir to the household status of its fellow professional choirs in this chorally minded country.

Review - Another Charming Early Music Concert in Edmonton

From Sound and Noise - University of Alberta Music Students on Music
November 23, 2011

Early music is thriving in Edmonton. Two of the most important figures in Edmonton’s early music scene, Josephine van Lier and Marnie Giesbrecht, presented a brief but enjoyable concert in Convocation Hall on Monday. The concert featured three key elements: the cello sonatas of Luigi Boccherini (nope, not the tasty cheese), the violoncello piccolo, and the University of Alberta’s new continuo organ.

Boccherini was a virtuosic cellist and this showed in his compositions. Using her violoncello piccolo (“small cello” in Italian), van Lier handled the two sonatas in A-major with ease. Her confident playing let the audience forget about the difficulty of the music and simply enjoy its beauty. She and Giesbrecht enjoyed themselves immensely on stage, evident in both their engaging collaboration and their friendly presentation to the audience. Giesbrecht, as always, played wonderfully and was a fine partner to van Lier.

Edmonton is lucky to have these two artists promoting the enchanting, pre-1800 repertoire.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Did you know? mUse of A Continues to Change Lives

Imagine a room full of people, enthralled by the efforts and talent of the Department of Music's students for 30-60 minutes of free music? mUse of A proudly brings music into schools, hospitals, senior homes, shelters, blood banks and even prisons! A program which has deep roots in both the Department of Music and the Edmonton Community, mUse of A has been bringing together musicians and audiences in the most interesting settings for more than 10 years.

The impact of mUse of A's program touches both audiences and musicians. Following a recent performance at Grandview Capital Care Centre, Carlos, a student with the Department of Music, had this to say about his performance experience:

I performed at the Grandview Capital Care this afternoon, and the audience responded really well. I was expecting people to be not very attentive to the music, perhaps because of their health and mental condition or their physical pains, but they listened really well. Only minor noises made, which is to be expected from a social care institution, and I really lived great moments.

Once I arrived, someone was interested in my instrument and began asking questions, and when I technically finished my 40 minute performance, I announced that was finished my set, but offered to play another song if the audience really wanted it. I received positive applause and after I finished my 'encore' I offered to stay and talk to them, especially those who had any questions.

Many people including staff, residents and visitors were really grateful and complimenting. Even when I was practicing in the reception area before the performance, people were asking me if I was the performer, and said they were looking forward to the performance. The staff said it was so soothing for them to hear the music.

This experience helped me see not only that music does make a difference, but also that being kind, enthusiastic and respectful encourages your audience to want to hear you and get to know you as a person. I could see myself even being a full-time staff at a similar institution offering concerts once in a while for their well-being.

Thank you, Carlos

To learn more about the mUse of A program, or to arrange performances in your own organization, please contact program coordinator Gladys Odegard at (780) 487–4188.
 Reprinted from the University of Alberta Faculty of Music newsletter "In Tune - Words on Music Winter 2011" Thursday November 17, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Concert Listings November 21 - 28

Wednesday November 23, 2011 12:10-12:50pm FREE McDougall Concert Association, David Grainger Brown, guitar. McDougall United Church, banquet hall, 101 street and one block south of Jasper Avenue (use Macdonald Drive entrance, faces the river). Bring your friends and your bag lunch – coffee and tea are also available.

Sunday November 20, 2011 5:30pm Opera Nuova Dinner Cabaret Series – Vibrant Verismo. Andrew Love, baritone, Michael Marino, tenor, Jessica Strong, soprano. Music by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Gounod. Location - Normands, contact for tickets.

Monday November 21, 2011 UofA Monday Noon Music FREE 45 min, student concerts from western classical to world music. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Convocation Hall, UofA.

November 23 and 24, 2011 7:30pm Moscow Ballet Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky). Jubillee Auditorium.

Thursday November 24 to Sunday December 4, 2011 Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure. Based on J.M. Barrie’s original play with permission from Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children. Music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, book by Willis Hall. St. Albert Children’s Theatre.

Friday November 25, 2011 All Aboard for 104 Underground with Mercury Opera. Pre-performance party at 6pm with various reception sites on 104 St and Jasper Av, performance on the platform of the Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station. Darcia Parada, Artistic Director, Alicia Wojnarski, mezzo, Lauren Woods, soprano, Nevada Collins and Jill Hoogewoonink. Music from Saint-Saen's Samson and Delilah, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Delibes' Lakme, and a unique performance of Nessun Dorma by Puccini. Tickets $25 available from Devine Wines and Spirits, Eyecare Group and Armstrong 29 with $2.85 from each ticket to benefit the ETS Donate a Ride Program.

Friday, November 25, 2011 8pm UofA Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wind Music from Around the World. Admission by donation. Works by Yasuhide Ito, Darius Milhaud, Johann de Meij and Roger Nixon. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Friday November 25, 2011 5:30pm The Foggy Streets of London - Cantilon Choirs 11th Annual Dessert Auction and Concert. Winspear Centre, $15.

Friday November 25, 2011 8pm Edmonton Classical Guitar Society, Johannes Moller, guitar. Winner of the Guitar Foundations of America competition. Muttart Hall, Alberta College. Contact Tix on the Square.

Saturday November 26, 2011 9am-4:30pm Workshop with Canadian recorder virtuoso Alison Melville exploring consort music from 16th century Europe. Registration 8:30am, hall of the Parish Church of Saints Faith and Stephen the Martyr, 11725 93 St. $50 for Edmonton Recorder Society members, and $60 for the general public.

Saturday November 26, 2011 1pm Fall Music Festival Concert - MacEwan University Music. Reception to follow. Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Saturday November 26, 2011 2pm Edmonton Symphony for Kids, Lucas Waldin, conductor. Pre-concert Activities from 1 - 1:45 pm. Winspear Centre.

Saturday November 26, 2011 3pm Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association Edmonton, Contemporary Showcase Gala Concert. Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Saturday November 26, 2011 4pm Music at First - Four Saturdays at Four. Music for bagpipes, organ and hand bells with David Trew, Joachim Segger, and the Hand Bell Ringers of First Presbyterian Church. Fundraiser to repair the historic stained glass window - admission by donation. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St.

Saturday November 26, 2011 8pm World Music Sampler featuring the Indian Music, West African and Middle Eastern and North African Ensembles. Admission by donation. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Saturday November 26, 2011 8pm Edmonton Symphony, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor , Juliette Kang, violin. Elgar, “Enigma” Variations, Hétu, Légendes. Winspear Centre. 2011 Carnegie Hall Info Session, Founder's Room, 6:30pm.

Sunday November 27, 2011 2pm The Bird Fancyer's Delight - Alison Melville, recorder. Music by J.S. Bach, Telemann, Boismortier, van Eyck, and traditional Scandinavian tunes. Parish Church of Saints Faith and Stephen the Martyr, 11725 93 St. $15 for Edmonton Recorder Society members, seniors and students, and $20 for everyone else.

Sunday November 27, 2011 2pm Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Senior and Intermediate Orchestras. Michael Massey, conductor. Double Concerto , Bach, Overture to Der Freischutz, Weber, Two Fairy Tales, Medtner-Massey, Symphony no 5 (Excerpts), Schubert-Massey, Springtide, Forsyth, Les Preludes, Liszt, Taras Bulba, Janacek. Winspear Centre, tickets $15 and $10. Tickets available from Tix on the Square or orchestra members.

Sunday November 27, 2011 8pm UofA Madrigal Singers - The Rose in the Middle of Winter. Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor, Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, organ, Josephine van Lier, cello. Featuring music by Brahms, Britten, Chilcott, Hammerschmidt, Schütz, Sweelinck and Willian. Convocation Hall, UofA, admission by donation.

Monday November 28, 2011 noon FREE Enterprise String Quartet. Music includes the 'Lobkowicz' Quartets, Beethoven op.18 no. 3 and 1. Introductory remarks by Dr. Frank Szabo, Dept of History. Winspear Centre.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mayor's Arts Visioning Committee Recommends the Creation of New Performing Arts Spaces

The Mayor's Arts Visioning Committee released their report Edmonton Arts 2040: Prosperity with Creativity this week which focused on the development of new arts space in Edmonton.

Here are some hightlights from the report:
  • The City of Edmonton is recommended to acquire and convert MacEwan University's west campus for a multi-use, multicultural arts incubator
  • Develop the former power plant site to a premier Aboriginal arts and cultural celebration centre and studio, exhibit and performance space for Edmonton artists
  • Endorse a landmark performing arts centre in the downtown
  • Establish a business and arts advisory committee to the work with the Edmonton Arts Council

A link to the document can be found here:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Concert Listings November 15-20

Wednesday November 16 to Saturday November 19, 2011 Alberta College Conservatory Fall Music Festival. Contact Alberta College for more information 780 633 3725
Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:10-12:50pm FREE McDougall Concert Association, Suzanne Langor, horn, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano.  McDougall United Church, banquet hall, 101 street and one block south of Jasper Avenue (use Macdonald Drive entrance, faces the river). Bring your friends and your bag lunch – coffee and tea are also available.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:30pm New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia - Made In Canada. Myer Horowitz Theatre, UofA. $20-$15. Friday November 18, 2011 8pm Kevin Fox, celloArt Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron St. Contact the Arden Theatre for ticket information.
Friday November 18, 2011 8pm Sea of Sound Festival - new electroacoustic performances from Alberta featuring Jacek Sobieraj, The DADA Police, MUGBAIT, Gene Kosowan, Allison Balcetis, Zachary Polis, Wayne Defehr, and Shawn Pinchbeck and Gerry Morita. Catalyst Theatre, $8,$5

Saturday November 19, 2011 4pm FREE Sea of Sound Festival - Sound installation exhibit by Shawn Pinchbeck, Scott Smallwood and Ken Gregory. Ortona Armoury, 9722 102 St.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 Time? FREE The King's University College Chamber Choir - The Downtown Tree Lighting. Sir Winston Churchill Square.
Saturday November 19, 2011 7:30pm I Coristi Chamber Choir, Muses. Whitacre, Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, Britten, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Burak, The Muses of Mount Helicon. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av. Tix on the Square.
Saturday November 19, 2011 7:30pm St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series, Magda Adamek, piano, Tanya Prochazka, cello. Tickets $25,$20 available at Don’s Piano Warehouse (8 Riel Drive St. Albert ) or the Art Gallery of St. Albert. Each concert will be catered with fine wine and “tasty treats”.
Saturday November 19, 2011 8pm Sea of Sound Festival - New electroacoustic performances from Alberta part 2 featuring Jeannie Vanderkerkhove and Adam Tindale, Agaperaygunexperiment, Philip Dickau and Ryan Sowiak, Raylene Campbell, Clinker, Will Scott, and D. Andrew Stewart. Catalyst Theatre. $8-$5, festival passes $20-15, tickets available at YEGLive.
Saturday November 19, 2011 10pm Sea of Sound Festival - Late Night Electronic Music Concert featuring Trio Latitude, BEAMS All-Stars, and Wijit. New City Legion, 8130 Gateway Blvd. $8-$5, festival passes $20-15, tickets available at YEGLive.

Sunday November 20, 2011 2pm UofA University Strings. Copland, Appalachian Spring - the original version for 13 instruments. Convocation Hall, UofA, admission by donation.

Sunday November 20, 2011 2pm Edmonton Symphony William Eddins, conductor, Benjamin Beilman, violin, Jeremy Spurgeon, organ. Dvořák Violin Concerto, Resphighi, Suite for Organ and Strings, Reznicek, Overture to Donna Diana, Thomas, Overture to Mignon. Winspear Centre. Carnegie Hall Info Session, Studio (enter through stage door) 6:30pm.
Sunday November 20, 2011 12pm FREE Sea of Sound Festival - special seminar with Kevin Austin on recent trends in Canadian electroacoustic music. Catalyst Theatre.

Sunday November 20, 2011 2:30pm Pro Coro - Path of WonderMichael Zaugg, conductor. McDougall United Church. $30 Adults, $25 Seniors, $20 Students.

Sunday November 20, 2011 3pm Wendy Markosky, organ and harpsichord, and the Early Music Alberta Society. First Presbyterian Church.

Sunday November 20, 2011 7pm Sea of Sound Festival - Canadian Electroacoustic Community meet and greet with artists and CEC personalities in the lobby of the Catalyst Theatre. Performance includes works from the Jeu de Temps - Times Play Competition featuring Maxime Corbeil-Perron, Marc-Andre Perron, Dave Arango Valencia, Jullian Hoff, Guillaume Barrette and Guillaume Campion. $8-$5, festival passes $20-15, tickets available at YEGLive.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Edmonton Composer Vivian Fung New CD Release

Homegrown talent Vivian Fung, undoubtedly one of the most interesting new music composers of our time, and who was last here to witness the Canadian premiere of String quartet No. 2 with the Shanghai String Quartet, is planning to release a CD of her recent works on Naxos and is seeking donations. She'll even take a $1 minimum. To contribute and for details, check this link. The campaign ends in 7 days.

Sea of Sound Festival Canadian Electroacoustic Community 25th Anniversary November 18-20, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review - Ensemble Masques Fills Convocation Hall

From Sound and Noise · University of Alberta Music Students on Music

It is no secret that reviewers anticipate certain concerts more than others. The anticipation heightens when we are familiar with or are a fan of a particular artist or group. This was certainly the case for me when I walked into the packed house of Convocation Hall on Saturday evening to witness Ensembles Masques, a Montréal-based early music ensemble, under the auspices of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society. I have been listening to their discs with admiration for years, and Saturday’s live performance has cemented my appreciation for their beautiful playing, assured musicality, and enchanting collaboration.

Entitled “From Biber to Bach” (please, no Justin Bieber jokes allowed), the six musicians presented a program that considered the music that led to the likes of Bach and Telemann. I am particularly grateful that they decided to extend beyond the wall between performers and audience, explaining with welcome humour the history of both the repertoire and the Baroque instruments they were playing on. Several audience members conversed confusedly while the musicians tuned their instruments several times throughout the concert, until the ensemble’s founder, harpsichordist Olivier Fortin, mentioned that the gut strings were very sensitive to climate change. If classical music and, particularly, Baroque music have any hope for survival, Ensemble Masques’ accessible demeanour and professional quality are a good place to start.

The first half featured sonatas by Biber, Rosenmüller and Schmelzer, before finishing with a recognizable harpsichord concerto by J.S. Bach. The ensemble’s engaging and collaborative playing was immediately apparent. Each member was his or her own musician within one unit that never failed to impress. The Bach piece featured Olivier Fortin’s excellent playing on the University of Alberta’s own harpsichord. Special mention should go to Sophie Gent on first violin, whose performance was captivating throughout the evening.

The second half featured a work by Telemann, Burlesque Don Quixote, which showed off the ensemble’s flair for comedy amidst technical skill. Violist Kathleen Kajioka narrated the work between each movement. The clear favourite was the fifth movement, “Sanche Panche berné,” in which Sancho Panza is thrown into the air. The musicians used their faces and bodies to highlight the musical motives that suggested his being thrown into the air. It was a real treat for the audience.

When you like an ensemble’s recordings, it can be nerve-wracking to see the ensemble live in the hopes of not being disappointed. I have never been less disappointed by a live performance. There was no weak link in Ensemble Masques’ concert on Saturday evening in Convocation Hall. Each of the six musicians made the evening special, combining to create beautiful music together. No wonder it was packed house.

Upcoming Edmonton Chamber Music Society concerts can be found on the organization’s website:

Review - Rare Chance to Hear Beethoven's Greatest Work Does Not Disappoint

From Sound and Noise · University of Alberta Music Students on Music

Edmonton had the rare opportunity to witness Ludwig van Beethoven’s self-proclaimed greatest work, Missa Solemnis, on Friday evening. The occasion was rare because the work is unrelentingly virtuosic throughout, requiring a huge choir and four talented soloists who can navigate through soaring high notes, all while being joined by a full orchestra with a concertmaster worthy of the beautiful violin solo. It was Leonard Ratzlaff and his Richard Eaton Singers, joined by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, who brought this masterpiece to the audience at the Winspear Centre.

The concert marked the Richard Eaton Singers’ 60th anniversary and Leonard Ratzlaff’s 30th anniversary as conductor of the ensemble. To celebrate, they began the evening with Haydn’s Te Deum in C, which was the first work that Dr. Ratzlaff conducted those 30 years ago. The piece featured the choir, the orchestra, and organist Jeremy Spurgeon. All musicians proved to be in fine form. With the Haydn complete, the entrance of the four vocal soloists signalled the start of the much-anticipated Beethoven work.

From Dr. Ratzlaff’s first cue, the audience knew that everyone was in for a treat. The choir admirably tackled the difficult music, and each member seemed to enjoy doing it. They attacked the high notes and wove their sound into that of the orchestra and soloists. Soprano Laura Whalen handled the notoriously difficult soprano solo with poise and elegance. Her voice had a crystalline quality to it, and she manoeuvred her sound through an endlessly legato line. Tenor Michael Colvin and Edmonton baritone Nathan Berg brought powerful, dramatic instruments to the stage. Mezzo-soprano Anita Krause had the richest voice on stage, which she used to deliver some beautifully touching moments; she truly seemed to be enjoying herself on stage.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra played beautifully, if not a little loudly at times. Special mention must go to violinist Eric Buchmann, the orchestra’s interim concertmaster, whose violin solo in the fourth movement was very touching. In fact, the fourth movement was the highlight of the evening; I felt that each musician on stage was part of one whole unit. It was truly beautiful.

The entire evening was magnificent. The Richard Eaton Singers marked their 60th anniversary with a Beethoven masterpiece that the Edmonton audience was only too happy to receive.

Da Camera Singers - Living Sound Sunday November 13, 2011

Kokopelli Choir presents Voices West

Concordia Symphony Orchestra Sunday November 13, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Concert Listings November 8-13

Wednesday November 9, 2011 12:10-12:50pm FREE McDougall Concert Association, Megan Kan, harp. McDougall United Church, banquet hall, 101 street and one block south of Jasper Avenue (use Macdonald Drive entrance, faces the river). Bring your friends and your bag lunch – coffee and tea are also available.

November 11 and 12, 2011, 7:30pm and 8pm Edmonton Symphony, William Eddins, conductor, Jens Lindemann, trumpet, Richard Eaton Singers. Rachmaninoff, Second Symphony, Meechan, Apophenia for Trumpet (premiere), Forsyth, A Ballad of Canada. Winspear Centre.

Saturday November 12, 2011 7:30pm Kokopelli Choirs – Voices West. First Western Canada Youth Choir Festival. McDougall United Church. Tix on the Square.

Sunday November 13, 2011 2pm Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Senior Orchestra. Michael Massey, conductor. Les Preludes, Liszt, Taras Bulba (Symphonic Rhapsody ), Janacek. Banff Centre for the Arts, Eric Harvie Theatre. Tickets are available from members or from Tix on the Square.

Sunday November 13, 2011 3pm Admission by donation. Tanya Prochazka, cello, Magdalena Adamek, piano. Holy Trinity Anglican Church Concert Series, 10037-84th Ave.

Sunday November 13, 2011 3pm Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association Edmonton, Contemporary Showcase Young Composers Final Concert. Room 409, Alberta College.

Sunday November 13, 2011 2pm Concordia Symphony Orchestra, David Hoyt, guest conductor. Robert Tegler Student Centre, 7128 Ada Blvd.

Sunday November 13, 2011 3pm The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, Czech and Slovak Society for the Arts and Sciences, Mazurka Musik and Art present “Legends of Central Europe” on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of Dvorak's birth. Piano duos and trios by Dvorak, Smetana, Brahms performed by Mikolaj Warszynski - Zuzana Simurdova Piano Duo from Montreal, Tatiana Warszynski-violin, Joanne Yu- cello. Muttart Hall, Alberta College. Tickets: $25 regular, $15 students and seniors at the Gramophone 780 428 2356, Camelot Travel 780 477 8747 or at the door.

Sunday November 13, 2011 3pm Da Camera Singers Living Sound. John Brough, conductor. Music by Durufle, Brahms, Thompson and Raminsh and works selected by the Tonus Vivus Society for new music and favourite Da Camera Singers commissions from the past 50 years. First Baptist Church, 10031 - 109 St, $20 - $15.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Concert Listings Nov 1-7

Tuesday November 1, 2011 7pm Maclab Centre for the Arts, Faust: A German Folk Legend. F.W. Murnau's 1926 silent film with live piano score by composer Robert Bruce. Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, 4308 50 St, Leduc. Tix on the Square.

Wednesday November 2, 2011 12:10-12:50pm FREE McDougall Concert Association, Charles Austin, piano. McDougall United Church, banquet hall, 101 street and one block south of Jasper Avenue (use Macdonald Drive entrance, faces the river). Bring your friends and your bag lunch – coffee and tea are also available.

Friday November 4, 2011 8pm Richard Eaton Singers 60th Anniversary Gala Concert. Missa Solemnis, Op.123, L.v.Beethoven, Te Deum in C, Haydn. Laura Whalen, soprano, Anita Krause, mezzo, Michael Colvin, tenor, Nathan Berg, bass, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Len Ratzlaff, conductor. Winspear Centre.

Friday November 4, 2011 8pm Kilburn Memorial Concert Series, Afiara Quartet. Yuri Cho, violin, Adrian Fung, cello, David Samuel, viola, Valerie Li, violin. Works by Haydn, Abigaña and Dvorak. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $20,$15,$10 at door only.

November 4 and 5, 2011 7:30pm Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Wonderland (a reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll). Jubillee Auditorium.

Saturday November 5, 2011 8pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Ensemble Masques - Sophie Gent, Tuomo Suni, violin, Kathleen Kajioka, viola, Mélisande Corriveau, bass viol, Benoît Vanden Bemden, violone, Olivier Fortin, harpsichord. Convocation Hall, UofA. Contact Tix on the Square.

Sunday November 6, 2011 3pm Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Baroque Chamber Music Treasures – A fundraising event for the Alberta Baroque Music Society. Susan Flook, Heather Bergen, Virginie Gagné, violin, Lidia Khaner, oboe, Colin Ryan, Ronda Metszies, cello, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, harpsichord and organ. Music by Corelli, Buxtehude, Handel and Telemann. Robertson-Wesley United Church. Tix on the Square or the Gramophone.

Sunday November 6, 2011 3pm Pergolesi Brass Quintet, Ken Read, Director. Holy Trinity Anglican Church Concert Series, 10037-84th Ave. Admission by donation.

Sunday November 6, 2011 7:30pm Cosmopolitan Music Society – Lest We Forget Remembrance Day Concert. Winspear Centre, tickets $20.00.

Monday November 7, 2011 UofA Monday Noon Music FREE 45 min, student concerts from western classical to world music. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Convocation Hall, UofA.

U of A Department of Music Welcomes New Continuo Organ to Con Hall

From Sound and Noise · University of Alberta Music Students on Music

Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, Professor of Organ and Early Music at the University of Alberta, welcomed the Department of Music’s new continuo organ to Convocation Hall at the October 24th Monday Noon Music concert. She and several graduate students presented a concert of organ works on both the new organ and Con Hall’s Casavant pipe organ.

A continuo organ, or ‘orgue positif’ in French, is nothing like the pipe organ you have seen in your local church. This instrument is no more than 5-feet tall, 5-feet wide and 2-feet deep. The manual has 50 keys and the organist tends to play these notes while standing. The pipes are within the instrument itself, compared to your standard organ whose pipes are located throughout the hall.

Though the Department gave the instrument its official welcome earlier in October, the intimate Monday Noon Music setting provided Dr. Giebrecht another opportunity to show it off. She played short pieces by Frescobaldi and Cynthia Luk played a Verso by Pachelbel. The rest of the works, which were mostly no later than Mendelssohn, came from Con Hall’s pipe organ. Hyejin Lee, Wendy Niewenhuis, Somang Lam and, once again, Cynthia Luk all played beautifully. Dr. Giesbrecht’s engaging comments on both the instruments and the repertoire were a great addition.

Future events involving organ students at the University of Alberta can be found at the Department of Music’s website:

-Mark Wilkinson

Review-Immaginare un nuovo “Pinocchio”: Alberta Opera takes on the classic tale

From Sound and Noise · University of Alberta Music Students on Music

What: Pinocchio

Date & Venue: Running Oct 27-November 4 at the Transalta Arts Barns, tickets and further info here.

Directed by Farren Timoteo

Music by Jeff Unger

Starring Madeline Knight, Byron Martin and Christopher Scot

This is not the Disney version of Pinocchio. While the main theme may still be there, the story itself varies from what one may be used to. Pinocchio is still a children’s show—for the most part at least—but it also is a show for, well, everyone else. In three words, this play is creative, entertaining and engaging.

The actors were impressive. Madeline Knight (Pinocchio), Byron Martin (Geppetto) and Christopher Scot (Vincenzo) did an excellent job with each and every character they represented. The three of them carried out the 60 minutes of play flawlessly, and not only with their acting but also with their amazing voices—and I must say I particularly enjoyed the Italian accents.

The costumes were fascinating, and they had a very important role—with only three actors and at least 15 different characters, the costumes were crucial. Not only must they fit every character’s personality, they also had to be so different and distracting that the audience could easily ignore the familiarity that, as the play evolved, one started to feel with each actor. In this play, there was seldom a time in which was I taken out of the fantasy world that the play presented me with and thought “this is the same actor as before.” That, in my opinion, is quite an unusual reaction—especially since the actors were, in fact, easy to recognize.

It was the costumes, the setting and the amazing acting and singing the reason why this play was so entertaining—that, and the smart dialogues. When going to a kid’s show, it is easy to get bored by the simplicity in which some jokes and situations are presented, but this is not the case. While there’s still that playful aspect to the play, which seems to target mostly children, the dialogues were elaborated to be appealing to all audiences.

Another thing that made Pinocchio so interesting was the scenography. It is not very complex, but complexity, the play shows, is not always ideal. With only a couple of circus curtains, 3 buckets, 4 poles, and a wooden trunk, the narrative takes you from Italy to the bottom of the ocean (among other unique places). Of course, it was with the aid of the lightning and sound effects that such an outcome was easily achieved, but without a doubt, the creative use of the objects was impressive.

It is refreshing to see a play that does such a good job in exploring the power that imagination can have, and while it is nice to see exactly what the writers and directors want you to see, there is nothing better than what you can imagine for yourself. Nothing can top what is perfect for you.

All in all, going to Pinocchio is a great way to spend any 60 minutes of the day.

by Ana Osorio