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Winter 2019 concerts online

Catch up with our large and small ensembles online! Here are some of the recent concerts you can watch via our new Vimeo feed:

Debussy, Françaix, and John Luther Adams

UBC Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Girard, conductor
Featuring Carlos Savall-Guardiola, clarinet

Françaix Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 36
Debussy La Mer
John Luther Adams A Northern Suite


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UBC Symphonic Winds

Robert Taylor, conductor
Featuring Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet*

J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Luigi Bassi Rigoletto Fantasy*
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Stories

University Singers
Chamber Choir
UBC Choral Union

Graeme Langager, conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities

With guests
Demi Chao, Tiffany Chen, and Andrea Ciona, graduate student conductors

Eric Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs (featuring Eleanor Yu violin & Edward Park piano)
Graeme Langager I Will Lift Mine Eyes
Jen McMillan Don't Be Afraid
Music by Palestrina, Byrd, and Weelkes


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Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Winds

Featuring Valerie Whitney, horn
Larry Knopp, trumpet
Jeremy Berkman, trombone

Norman Dello Joio Scenes from the Louvre
Michael Markowski City Trees
Bruce Carlson Toledo
Clifton Williams Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta”
John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Michael Martin Hereafter Calls
H. Owen Reed La Fiesta Mexicana (includes a Mariachi band led by UBC Music students Jonathan Lopez and Matheus Moraes)


Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

UBC Symphony Orchestra

Jaelem Bhate and Zane Kistner graduate student conductors

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

For upcoming School of Music performances, check out our concert calendar.

Fall 2018 concerts online

Catch up with our large and small ensembles online! Here are some of the recent concerts you can watch via Livestream and Vimeo:

Poulenc and Vaughan Williams

UBC Symphony Orchestra and Choirs team up for a spectacular, term-ending performance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

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The UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs works by renowned composer-in-residence Joel Puckett, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Kathryn Salfelder. Featuring DMA student and soloist Paul Hung, flute.

Silverman Winners’ Concert

Benjamin Hopkins, grand prize winner of the Silverman Piano Concerto Competition, performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 with UBC Symphony Orchestra. Also featuring competition winners Evgenia Rabinovich, Ayunia Saputro, and Aydan Con. Watch on Livestream

Mahler, Carruthers and Tsu

UBC Symphony Orchestra perform the Mahler masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde along with Taiwanese composer Tsang-Houei Hsu’s The Splendid Universe, Chinese Festival Overture, Op. 18, and Slippages, an exciting experimental piece based on the graphic scores of artist Deborah Carruthers. Watch on Livestream

Fall Choral Showcase

The University Singers, Chamber Choir, Choral Union and Combined Choirs sing works by Brahms, Dvořák, Haydn, Schubert, Copland and more. Watch on Livestream


For upcoming School of Music performances, check out our concert calendar.

Winter concerts on Livestream

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Watch the latest performances by the School of Music’s large and small ensembles on Livestream!

 

St. John Passion: Our grand, season-ending concert features an epic performance of the Bach masterpiece by UBC Choirs and Symphony Orchestra.

Peter and the Wolf: UBC Symphony Orchestra performs the Prokofiev classic, along with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and selections from Satie and Poulenc. With guest appearances by UBC President Prof. Santa J. Ono as Narrator.

Sanglots: Chansons of Love and Loss (Part 1 | Part 2): Terence Dawson, piano, and J. Patrick Raftery, voice, perform beautiful and melancholy works by Bizet, Fauré, Duparc, Barber and Poulenc.  

MOMENTmusic: UBC Symphonic Winds and Concert Winds perform works by John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli, David Maslanka, Ira Hearshen, and Aaron Copland

Bernstein, Prokofiev, Nielsen: UBC Symphony Orchestra performs Overture to Candide, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major Op. 26, and Symphony No. 4 Op 29. With special guests Carter Johnson, winner of the 2018 UBC Concerto Competition, and Graduate Assistant Conductor Jaelem Bhate.

Unicornis Captivatur: UBC Choirs perform Mendelssohn, Sisak, Mozart, Gjeilo, Gabrieli and Paulus. 

How to build a cathedral

Dr. Robert Taylor (right) 

Dr. Robert Taylor (right) 

Recently, Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of UBC Bands, was selected as conductor of the Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band — an exciting opportunity to work with the state’s most talented young musicians and their teachers.

But while he has conducted a number of state and provincial honour ensembles in the past, Dr. Taylor notes that the approach in Minnesota is unique: “Normally, these events are “one-offs,” where the guest conductor spends a few days with the ensemble leading to a concert. However, in Minnesota they do a weeklong camp in the summer, followed by a feature performance at the state music educators conference the following spring.” 

This emphasis on continuity allows for the conductor and coaches to take a more ambitious approach both to teaching and performance, with inspiring results.

In August, Dr. Taylor spent a week rehearsing the ensemble with a team of coaches. The students spent time in large ensemble rehearsals, sectional coachings, master classes, and doing other camp activities, such as a talent night where they all showed off their other talents. The week concluded with a recording session and two performances.

 

 

LISTEN: The Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band performs Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in G Minor." 

 

 

The program was entitled “Cathedrals,” and included works inspired by the music of Pérotin, Bach, Debussy, and Wagner. The program concluded with a performance of Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture,” a creative work that includes harmonic whirlies, a solo vocalist, and surround-sound elements.

“For the performance, we surprised the audience with students from both bands performing the climactic chorale from all corners of the auditorium,” Dr. Taylor says of the summer concert.

Then, in February 2017, Dr. Taylor returned to Minnesota to work with the same group of students and to present a session for teachers at the MMEA conference. The weekend concluded with a performance of the “Cathedrals” program at Orchestral Hall, a superb acoustic, for a large and enthusiastic audience of music educators.

"The model is also interesting because there are layers of mentorship in the approach," Dr. Taylor says. "I worked with a number of high school band directors in a conducting workshop, who were at camp doing professional development sessions while their students were attending the camp, and presented a session on rehearsal techniques at the state conference, which I was able to demonstrate during rehearsals with the band.”

 

 

WATCH: The Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band performs Ticheli's "Angels in the Architecture."

How to watch School of Music concerts online

Did you know? The School of Music broadcasts many of its large ensemble concerts online. You can watch incredible performances by our Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, and Bands via Livestream — as the concert happens in real time, or afterwards. Here's a selection of our winter performances at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts:

Holst, Saariaho & Navarro

  • UBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Jonathan Girard, Conductor
  • Aidan Mulldoon Wong, Clarinet
  • Plus a fascinating talk by Astronomy Prof. Jaymie Matthews

Bach & Laurisden

  • University Singers & Choral Union
  • Graeme Langager, Director of Choral Activities
 

New York Stories: Bernstein, Milhaud & More

  • UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Robert Taylor, Conductor
  • Jaelem Bhate, Student Assistant Conductor

Tchaikovsky, Maunders, Williams & Southam

  • UBC Chamber Orchestra
  • Jonathan Girard, Conductor
  • Alex Toa, Student Conductor