Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was actually written for students, according to Hermiston, and not only demonstrates the lead characters’ singing strengths but also that of the chorus. Arts on Air spoke with some students about their characters, how they came to opera, and what it feels like to use their bodies as their instruments.
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 of polymeter - the layering of different beats in one piece of music - in various musical genres. This research led to her interest in music and cognition, where she studies how listeners experience music and the cognitive systems that trigger these emotional reactions. She will be introducing a new course at UBC next Fall based on this research interest, which will be cross listed between the UBC School of Music and the Cognitive Systems Program. Eve Poudrier sat down with Ira discuss all this and more!