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ChamberFest! Saturday Talks 1 - 5 pm

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A constellation of interdisciplinary conversations and concerts with UBC Music ensembles, faculty, students, alumni, and guest speakers.

Saturday Talk schedule | Barnett Hall | Free

1:00 pm– 2:45 pm Transcending Boundaries, Part One:
Intersections and Collaborations Across the University

Chamber music prelude

Introduction: “Chamber Music as a Metaphoric Model of Leaderless Negotiation and Co-Creation” — Rena Sharon, Prof. of Collaborative Piano Studies, UBC

Does Chamber Music really have anything to do with world peace? The collective interpretation of works written long ago has resonances with many fields of collaborative engagement. Its performance protocols require individual views to coalesce into meta-visions. Like most negotiations, it’s complicated — and when it succeeds, it’s quite wonderful.

Chamber music interlude

“The Human Brain as a beautiful metaphor for trans-disciplinary intersections and collaborations” — Dr. Andrew Vosko, Associate Provost and Director, Transdisciplinary Studies, and Clinical Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Classrooms, universities, societies can all be viewed as "complex adaptive systems”. The human brain - and the grand mysteries of consciousness - can also fit that frame. Dr. Vosko leads a fascinating exploration of how, what and why neurobiology offers a powerful metaphorical roadmap for navigating the labyrinthine research university - including the daunting art-science divide!

Chamber music interlude

Why Do You Love Chamber Music?"

A panel of UBC faculty artists talk candidly about the tribulations and triumphs of collaborative interpretation and performance. Hosted by pianist Dr. Patricia Hoy, with Dr. Terence Dawson, Prof. Valerie Whitney, and Katherine Evans.

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm An Afternoon with the Borealis Quartet in Concert and Conversation

Brief excerpt from the film "A New Economy,” featuring the Borealis Quartet

A performance of favourite string quartet movements

Panel discussion: “How does a String Quartet Get to ‘Yes’?” The Borealis members discuss hard truths about constructing elegant collaborations

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Turning Point Ensemble: Community and Social Justice initiatives

Jeremy Berkman, UBC faculty and trombonist with the award-winning Turning Point Ensemble, talks about group’s many community engagement, education, and social justice projects. Katherine Evans, trumpet, and Valerie Whitney, horn, join in brief performance of Owen Underhill’s powerful “Memorial.”

Full schedule and details at:

Earlier Event: February 8
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble — Scenes V
Later Event: February 9
ChamberFest! Saturday Concert at UBC