How children’s choir helps Syrian refugees learn to have fun again
By Ayesha Barmania, CBC Radio, Cross Country Checkup Link to full article As Cross Country Checkup prepares for a live broadcast in Mississauga, Ont., on Syrian refugees, the team visited the Nai Syrian Children’s Choirduring one of their practices. Host Duncan McCue spoke with a few of the kids and their volunteer choir conductor, Hussein Janmohamed. You can listen to their conversation in the video above. The choir […]
Q&A with Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen
Excerpt from UBC News Link to full article Music alumna and Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen went from student to world-travelling performer. She’s toured with Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, written music for the CBC, and been nominated for a Juno Award. After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, in 2007, Aboriginal […]
VSO maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts The Rite of… Autumn?
Excerpt from the Georgia Straight By Alexander Varty Link to full article Is it wrong to play the Rite in fall? We’ll find out this weekend, when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s epochal The Rite of Spring, alongside Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in […]
HEADS UP | Harvest Feastival At UBC To See Outdoor Feast, Lots Of Art, Live Music & More
Excerpt from Scout Magazine By Monique Nicholas Link to full article The new season is coming on strong and that means all the Fall favourites are making their way to our plates. Head down to UBC Harvest Feastival this Thursday evening for an outdoor dinner celebrating autumn’s arrival and an abundance of art around campus. […] Wander around the many open […]
Fall arts preview 2016: Violinist Molly MacKinnon draws from drama
Excerpt from The Georgia Straight By Alexander Varty Link to full article Look closely, and you might see Molly MacKinnon in a string section near you: she’s an occasional sub with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. And there was a time, the 26-year-old violinist tells the Straight, […]
Review: Choir Practice Recording
Excerpt from The Whole Note By Dianne Wells Link to full review Stephen Chatman; Tara Wohlberg: Choir Practice – University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston; UBCSO; Jonathan Girard Choir Practice University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston; UBCSO; Jonathan Girard Centrediscs CMCCD 22616 (musiccentre.ca) Anyone involved in community choirs will appreciate this […]
TaiwanFest’s Cultural Tango moves with romance and tragedy
Excerpt from the Georgia Straight By Alexander Varty Link to full article Born in the dockside bars of Buenos Aires, the tango is notorious as a dance of seduction. Its dark glamour is famous worldwide, to the point that even here in distant Vancouver, TaiwanFest managing director Charlie Wu has chosen it to represent the relationship between […]
VIDEO: Jocelyn Morlock – “Wish You Were There.”
Excerpt from Vancouver is Awesome By Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon Link to full post Vancouver Symphony composer in residence Jocelyn Morlock reminds us that experiencing a live performance is so much more than a recorded experience. Jocelyn introduces us to a newly designed instrument the “Lumiphone” by Benton Roark. Direct link to Youtube video
UBCSO and UBC Choirs perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Jonathan Girard conducts the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Choirs with Laura Widgett, soprano and Katie Miller, mezzo-soprano in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” on April 11, 2015 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Music Professor Eve Poudrier talks Music and Cognition
Originally broadcast on UBC Arts On Air with Ira Nadel Episode January 21, 2016 Excerpt from CiTR: “Professor Eve Poudrier from the UBC School of Music has a background in music theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Throughout her academic career she has been drawn to the use […]
WATCH Preview of UBCSO & UBC Choir’s performance of Beethoven 9
Below is a preview of our Beethoven 9 concert at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday & Saturday at 8PM with UBC Symphony and Choirs and Jonathan Girard conducting. Soloists: Nicole Brooks, soprano; Charlotte Beglinger, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Gaskin, tenor; Scott Brooks, bass Programme Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 “Classical” Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D […]
Sara Davis Buechner: “MEET THE METS”
Hey Mets fans! UBC Music’s Sara Davis Buechner offers her version of the classic New York Mets baseball theme “Meet the Mets”. From Buechner’s You Tube page: “Many baseball teams have theme songs, but none is as clever or catchy as “Meet the Mets,” composed in 1962 by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz. The song celebrates […]
Global TV talks to Nancy Hermiston and Simone Osborne about Rigoletto.
Homecoming for Vancouver opera star UBC Opera Alumna Simone Osborne and UBC Director of Opera, Nancy Hermiston talk to Global TV about working together again in Vancouver Opera‘s production of Rigoletto. Opens this Saturday, September 27! Your browser does not support frames. Click here to view the frameless video..
WATCH: Choir Practice the documentary by the Canadian Music Centre
Check out the Canadian Music Centre‘s documentary about the making of Choir Practice – The Opera with UBC Opera. Featuring interviews with members of the UBC Opera Ensemble, Sheldon Baxter and Charlotte Beglinger, director Nancy Hermiston, conductor Jonathan Girard, composer Stephen Chatman and librettist Tara Wohlberg.
Terence Dawson (piano) performs Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis
Below is Dr. Terence Dawson’s performance of Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis (1992). Dr. Dawson is Chair of the Keyboard Division at the UBC School of Music. Read more about Dr. Terence Dawson here. De Profundis has been described as a ‘melodramatic oratorio’, in which the pianist recites text consisting of portions of Oscar Wilde’s letter (De […]
WATCH Choir Practice – The Opera
Enjoy the UBC Opera Ensemble with Jonathan Girard conductor and members of the UBC Symphony Orchestra in Choir Practice, recorded by the Canadian Music Centre. Choir Practice, a fresh, contemporary opera by librettist Tara Wohlberg and composer Stephen Chatman. An unlikely cast of misfits promises to take audiences on an entertaining ride through a choir rehearsal. From […]