Music on the Point

Welcome to intimate acoustics and comfortable seats of the Roy Barnett Recital Hall to experience music and enjoy the artists’ perspective. Afterwards, join the performers in the lobby for light refreshments and conversation.

Following are a few highlights. These concerts share the theme of the overall season that we’re calling Masters of Change / Mastering Change:

Mastering Change: New Energy and Perspectives

The School is evolving fast! Along with very recent additions in the last couple of years, we’re pleased to welcome new faculty members this season: violist Marina Thibeault and composer T. Patrick Carrabré, incoming director of the School. The October 25th Music on the Point concert “Music & Life: A journey with the School’s new Director” will be an evening hosted by Carrabré with a curated selection of his works performed by faculty members, the University Singers and guest artists including daughter M. Gillian (violin) and son Ariel (cello).

Beethoven 250

“Beethoven jolted music out of itself,” wrote Philip Clark in Gramophone. It would be impossible for us to imagine where music would be today without Beethoven, his impact so vast, altered the direction of music. At his famed Beethoven Bootcamps, world-renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor works intensely with young pianists on Beethoven’s sonatas and concerti. This season we will have a glimpse into some of them when O’Conor performs a Beethoven 250 tribute: The Great Last Three Sonatas (Op. 109 - 111) January 31st. O’Conor will also work with UBC piano students in a masterclass the day before.

Steampunk - What’s that?  It looks like change! And we’re hip to it here in a concert at UBC Music!

Steampunk fashion looks like change in action. Growing out of a subgenre in science fiction, steampunk, is a modern clothing trend mixing Victorian era styles with industrial revolution steam powered mechanical elements. What might that sound like? David Bruce thought about it and has written a mixed octet called Steampunk. On March 6, 2020 a chamber ensemble of UBC faculty and select students will perform it on our Music on the Point series. Partnered with Steampunk will be Luciano Berio’s Opus Number Zoo.

All concerts in the Music on the Point series take place on select Friday evenings at 7:30 pm at Barnett Hall in the UBC Music Building, 6361 Memorial Road.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, available in advance online or in person at the Chan Centre ticket office. They are also available at the door (Barnett Hall) one hour before the start of the performance (cash only).

A UTown@UBC community concert series in partnership with the UBC School of Music.


The 2019–20 Music on the Point season will be announced shortly!