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Concert schedule (2017-2018)

Forté Series

Progressions Series

Noon-Hour Concerts (FREE)

Sept. 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Hues of Summer’s End
The Blue Engine String Quartet are: Alexandra Bates, Anne Smith, Hilary Brown, Jennifer Jones with Richard Hornsby. For this concert, Anne Smith will be replaced by Celeste Jankowski.

Fredericton’s own Richard Hornsby is joined by the renowned Blue Engine String Quartet of Halifax to take a colourful journey through some of the most beautiful music written for clarinet and strings. Included in this concert will be the golden Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by W. A. Mozart, the diverse palette of Hebert Howell’s Rhapsodic Quintet and a new work by composer Peter Allen, entitled “Lamentation” reflecting the darker shades we encounter in our world. The quartet will throw in splashes of brightness with compositions by the brilliant Argentinian Composer, Astor Piazolla.

Oct. 4, 2017, 12 p.m., Memorial Hall
Free Noon Hour Concert - Many Hands
Can there be too many hands on one piano? Not according to this group of pianists! This concert will charm anyone, with music ranging from classical to jazz, from serious to parody. Performers Richard Duijnstee, Heather Fyffe, Nhat-Viet ’Toto’ Phi, and Ross Simonds seem to be in constant battle over the available keys. They try every combination possible: four hands, six hands… can they fit eight hands on the keyboard? Come and see for yourself; we promise it won’t be boring!

Oct. 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Debut Atlantic presents Bouey-Doucet Duo
Two extraordinary Atlantic Canadians join forces to bring their musical gifts back home! Debut Atlantic has teamed up PEI violinist Christina Bouey and New Brunswick pianist Pierre-André Doucet for a special program brimming with both beauty and spirit. Featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Saints-Saëns and more, these musical powerhouses, are sure to ignite the stage!

Oct. 25, 2017, 12 p.m., Memorial Hall
Free Noon Hour Concert - Women in America
Our emerging artist in residence, cellist Emily Kennedy, invites you to a program of works composed exclusively by female American composers. Joined by violinist Nadia Francavilla and bassist Andrew Miller, this free noon hour program celebrates the achievements of several female composers who have carved successful careers in an industry historically dominated by male composers.

Nov. 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Debut Atlantic presents After a Reading
“After a Reading” is an evocative and thoughtful program weaving together words and music. Using poetry, letters and journal entries of the time, pianist Wayne Weng exposes the music of greats including Debussy, Schumann and Liszt in a whole new way. Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “bold, vibrant, and immensely musical” (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald) which is no doubt why he won first prize in the 2013 Iowa Piano Competition and has since been busy performing all over the globe.

Nov. 17, 2017, 4 p.m., Marshall D'Avray Hall, Room 134
Progressions Series - montagne flèche arbre oiseau
As part of the UNB Creative Connections Conference, a world-premiere by New Brunswick composer André Cormier commissioned with funding from artsnb, for our Musician in Residence Nadia Francavilla and music technician Andrew Miller. This piece plays with the idea of music as a time-based art. A sixty-minute tour de force for violin and electronics not to be missed!

Nov. 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Violin Sonatas
Nadia Francavilla, Carl Gionet
Our Musician in Residence, Nadia Francavilla, joined by long-time collaborator Carl Gionet on piano, present a program of early 20th century works featuring the music of Respighi, Poulenc and Canadian composer Papineau-Couture. Treat yourself to a night of intensity; stirring and evocative.

Jan. 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Piano Trios
A fabulous trio of New Brunswick artists, this concert features our Musician in Residence Nadia Francavilla, cellist Paul Pulford and pianist Richard Boulanger. They perform a classical program centered on a little-known work of Schumann ’6 Études en forme de canon’ arranged by Theodor Kirchner. Rounding off the program, are trios by Haydn and Shostakovich. Passionate and moving; a perfect mix to warm you on a cold winter night.

Jan. 16, 2018, 12 p.m., Memorial Hall
Free Noon Hour Concert - “Homage to José Evangelista”
Jean-Guy Boisvert and Philippe Prud’homme pay homage to Canadian Composer José Evangelista with «36 Miniatures » featuring his 18 Monodías Españolas in an exciting new version for clarinet and piano.

Jan. 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Progressions Series - Workers Union
Musician in Residence Nadia Francavilla and improviser extraordinaire Joel LeBlanc present a program of improvised music for amplified violin and electric guitar alongside a performance of Louis Andriessen’s landmark ’Workers Union’. This 1975 piece is best known for the composer’s instruction that ’it be performed by a loud-sounding group of instruments’. Francavilla and LeBlanc will be joined by musicians from the Fredericton community to perform this complex and powerful piece.

Feb. 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Atlantic Sinfonia presents The Newcomers
Music of immigrants from different countries has enriched the cultural palette of Canada. Whether coming to Canada to avoid strife or seek a better life for themselves and family, newcomers have contributed their own voices to the Canadian experience. Including the music of Evangelista, Crawley, Fiala, and others.

Feb. 7, 2018, 12 p.m., Memorial Hall
Free Noon Hour Concert - Baroque Treasures for Two Guitars
Baroque treasures for two guitars performed by Steven Peacock and Gerry Van Wart in the French, Italian and German traditions. Enjoy music variously energetic, whimsical, contemplative, lyrical, and insightful by Rameau, Couperin, Daquin, Tartini and Bach.

Feb. 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Rediscovering Reicha
For the first time in North America a rediscovered work by romantic composer Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) intended to be performed by two brothers on the recently invented 13 keyed clarinets in Bb and A in 1810. A feat for the time, and until now a unique work. A young composer from Montreal, Alexandre David accepted the challenge to write a second work for the same sextet, based this time on the ancient poetic form of the rondel, popular between the XIV and XVI centuries and among French poets of late XIX century.

Featuring Nadia Francavilla, Emily Kennedy, Christopher Buckley, Danielle Sametz, Jean Guy Boisvert, and Richard Hornsby.

Mar. 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Forté Series - Golden Bach
The landmark ‘Goldberg Variations’ by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most well-known keyboard pieces of all time. It has achieved an iconic status that, on one level, is simply a beautiful keyboard work and, on another, is a Rubik’s cube of invention and musical architecture. Peter Allen, performs this important work, in its entirety, with his personal technical flair and musicality in full display.

Apr. 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall
Progressions Series - The Collection
The Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble is a worldwide collective of experimental composers interested in new music with a slow, sparse and spare aesthetic. Wandelweiser members André Cormier (Moncton) and Michael Pisaro (Los Angeles) are featured in this project. Nadia Francavilla premieres a new 60-minute multimedia piece from Cormier, then is joined by several guest musicians from the Fredericton community to perform Pisaro's minimalist work The Collection.

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