Calendar of events in Music | Mount Allison

The Department of Music presents numerous performances each year, including recitals by faculty members, students, and guest artists, and concerts by large and small ensembles. Each Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm throughout both terms, we present our Collegia Musica, free public concerts that provide frequent opportunities for our students to perform, and Colloquia Musica, lectures, presentations, and workshops by faculty members, students, and guests on a wide variety of musical topics.

If an event is cancelled for any reason, a notice will be posted at mta.ca/music and sent via email. If you wish to receive notices or updates to our Calendar of Events, please contact music@mta.ca

Fall 2021

 

FRIDAY,
SEPT. 10

Faculty Gala Concert: We launch the 2021-22 season with a concert featuring performances by faculty members of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 15

Colloquium Musicum: Introducing the Hearing Conservation Program. Stephen Runge, Head of the Department of Music, and Patti Fowlie, Occupational Health & Safety Consultant, introduce students and faculty to the Conservatory’s new Hearing Conservation Program. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 

September 17 to 19 - Sackville Festival of Early Music / Festival de musique anciennes

FRIDAY,
SEPT. 17

“Écoute comme je danse.” Join us for a special collaboration between Baroque dancer Stéphanie Brochard of Les Jardins chorégraphiques (Montréal) and internationally regarded Montréal Baroque music specialists Esteban LaRotta (lute), Elinor Frey (cello), and Anthony Harvey (lute), streamed live to Brunton Auditorium. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
SEPT. 18​​​​​

 

“Hail, Queen of Heaven: Music for the Virgin Mary with Stile Antico.” Join us for an unforgettable concert of sublime 16th-century vocal polyphony with the elite early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico (Great Britain), streamed live to Brunton Auditorium. For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
SEPT. 19

“Concerto delle donne.” Explore the often neglected yet exquisite musical contributions of women composers in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as we give voice to women’s artistic agency and creativity. Women were musically active in their diverse roles as nuns, aristocrats, and courtesans. We celebrate a return to live music programming with the considerable talents and expertise of established local specialists of early music Vicki St. Pierre (contralto), Erin Bardua (soprano), Celeste Jankowski (violin), Kirsty Money (violin), Hilary Brown (cello), Madeleine Owen (theorbo/guitar), and Marie Bouchard (organ). For details and ticket prices and reservations visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.

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MONDAY,
SEPT. 20

Celebrating Student Research. "'Music Oft Hath Such Charm': Exploring the Role of Music in Three Shakespearean Comedies," presented by Emma Cameron, and “(Trans)Gendering the Musical Score: Exploring Transgender Identity Through Composition,” presented by Hope Salmonson. These Independent Student Research Grant projects are generously supported by the J.E.A. Crake Foundation. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 22

Colloquium Musicum: “Schubert’s Medial Overlaps,” presented by Dr. Alan Dodson. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
SEPT. 25

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Quartet for the End of Time.” David Rogosin (piano), James Kalyn (clarinet), Nadia Francavilla (violin), and Emily Kennedy (cello) perform one of the landmark compositions of the 20th-century, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 29

Colloquium Musicum: “Acquiring competency in Indigenous Research Methods.” In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report and 94 Calls to Action, leading many scholars in the Academy to think about ways to address the Calls to Action in their own practice. Dr. Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie) will discuss the steps that she has taken as a settler and as a specialist in western medieval music to develop her knowledge and skills, and to find ways of engaging with Mi’kmaq history and culture in her research and teaching. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 


 

SATURDAY,
OCT. 2

Guest Recital: Elm City String Quartet, Sistema NB Teaching Artists, performs works by Beethoven, Grieg, and Caroline Shaw. Presented in partnership with the Tutta Musica Orchestra. Brunton, 7:30 pm CANCELLED

 

WEDNESDAY,
OCT. 6

Mid-Week Music: “Saint-Saëns at 100”, Christie Goodwin (oboe), Patrick Bolduc (bassoon), James Kalyn (clarinet), and Stephen Runge (piano) celebrate French composer Camille Saint-Saëns with music for winds and piano composed in his final year, 100 years ago. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 15

Pops Concert: “Potpourri!” - a sampling of light concert music old and new. Featuring Mount Allison’s Symphonic Band directed by Prof. James Kalyn, Chamber Orchestra directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, and Elliott Chorale directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
OCT. 16

Guest Recital: “With a Blue Dress.” Nadia Francavilla (violin), Carl Philippe Gionet (piano), and Sally Dibblee (soprano) join together in a program of music and performance art featuring music by Joan Tower, Kate Soper, Monica Pearce, Nicole Lizée and Julia Wolfe. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 22

Guest Recital - Isabella Perron, violin, second prize winner of the 2021 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for strings, with Todd Yaniw, piano, will perform as part of the winner’s national concert tour. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
OCT. 23

Mount Allison Honour Band. Prof. James Kalyn conducts an ensemble made up of the top brass, woodwind, and percussion students from Maritime high schools. Convocation Hall, 5:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 29

Guest Artists’ Talk: Edana Higham and Zac Pulak of SHHH!! Ensemble discuss their multifaceted work as freelance performers and curators, followed by Q&A. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
OCT. 29

Guest Recital: “Spirits.” SHHH!! Ensemble (Edana Higham, piano and Zac Pulak, percussion) present a provocative program of works by J.S. Bach, Jocelyn Morlock, Andy Akiho, John Beckwith, and Micheline Roi, revealing the composers’ reflections on the nature of creativity, meditation, as well as Scotch whisky and the beyond. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
OCT. 31

Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway.  “Ghosts and Ghouls, Saints and Souls: Music for All Hallows Eve and the Day of the Dead”. Begin your Hallowe’en celebrations with haunting music, from the soulful to the downright spooky, sung by the Mount Allison choirs. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.

 


 

SATURDAY,
NOV. 20

Faculty Recital: “New; Standards.” Olivier Huebscher (horn) and James Coghlin (piano) perform a selection of horn repertoire new and old, including two world premieres. From Marko and Salmonson to Mozart and Strauss, it is an evening of creating new standards and revisiting long time favourites. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
NOV. 21

Guest Recital: “Moonstruck" takes us on a lunar voyage from Beethoven's timeless Moonlight Sonata to Schoenberg's ground-breaking melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, and including a work by New Brunswicker Thomas Nicholson. Christina Haldane (soprano), Cindy Thong (piano), and the TMO (Tutta Musica Orchestra) Chamber Players conducted by Jacob Caines. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
NOV. 26

Mount Allison New Music Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Kalyn. Hear new music created by and for the New Music Ensemble, as well as recently composed works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
NOV. 28

The Mount Allison Elliott Chorale presents "Ring Out, Wild Bells!," Directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m. CANCELLED

 


 

THURSDAY,
DEC. 2

The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, explores the wonderful world of string orchestra repertoire, from vibrant classics and sonorous romanticism to exciting contemporary works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
DEC. 3

The Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Prof. James Kalyn, presents “Where we are now,” a program of recent works that have gained traction in the band world. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
DEC. 5

The Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale present “Music for a Winter’s Night”. Join the Mount A choirs for an afternoon of music to welcome the winter season. Directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m.

 

MONDAY,
DEC. 6

New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY,
DEC. 7

Chamber Music Collegium Performances by student chamber groups in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY,
DEC. 8

Christmas Collegium: Celebrate the holidays with the students and faculty of the Department of Music. Brunton Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.

 

Winter 2022

 

WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 12

Colloquium Musicum: “Bernstein and the Male Voice: Contexts and Compromise,” presented by Dr. Elizabeth Wells and Branden Olsen. Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, 
JAN. 14

Alumni Panel Discussion: “What I (Didn’t) think I’d do with my Music Degree.” Mount Allison Music alumni Michael MacMillan (’13), Nick Godsoe (’15), Presley Hynes (’16), Shawn Oliver (’11) and Kelsey van Blarcom (’16) join Dr. Elizabeth Wells to talk about their careers and how Mount Allison helped them to achieve their goals. Online via Zoom, 1:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
JAN. 15 

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Duets and Trios.” Karin Aurell (flute), Joël Cormier (percussion), James Coghlin (piano), and special guest Dory Hayley (soprano) explore chamber music from the late 20th and 21st century. Music by Anthony Genge, George Crumb and Annette Brosin, among others. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 

WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 19 

Colloquium Musicum: "On Musicalities of Line." This talk examines conceptions of melodic line in two Sinitic opera traditions—黄梅戏 huangmei opera and 歌仔戲 kua-a opera.  Their unique structural features are discussed alongside ethnographic and historical insights to reveal the aesthetic commitments that undergird notions of linearity and melodic invention within these communities. Presented by Anna Yu Wang (Harvard University). Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
JAN. 21

Guest Presentation: ”Authenticity vs Essentialism: A Canadian in Java studying Indonesian Gamelan.” Dr. Jeffrey J. Hennessy, Provost and Vice President Academic and Research. Talk follow by an interview with Dr. Lauren Beck, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Visual & Material Culture Dr. Christina Ionescu, Professor of French and Director of the Visual and Material Culture Studies program. POSTPONED

 

FRIDAY,
JAN. 21 

Faculty Recital: “Across the Waves”. Stephen Runge (piano) performs barcarolles and other works from the last two centuries inspired by waves, water, and the ocean. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 

SUNDAY,
JAN. 23 

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Romance and Reflection.” Nicole Strum (saxophone) and Magdalena Von Eccher (piano) perform evocative works for saxophone and piano, including music by David Maslanka, Ida Gotkovsky, and Stacy Garrop. Brunton, 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED

 

WEDNESDAY,
JAN. 26 

Colloquium Musicum: “Fearful Murmurs: Sonic Responses to the Ottoman Other.” The fleeting victory at the Battle of Lepanto (1571) left Europe, and in particular the Austrian Habsburg Empire, to renewed psychic struggle against the persistent presence and relentless incursions of the powerful Ottoman Empire. This talk explores the sonic responses of the Habsburgs to the Ottomans, including the ringing of bells to ward off Turkish spirits, the performance of sacred motets making fervent pleas to the Virgin Mary for protection and intercession, and the singing of secular songs – popular tunes with anti-Turkish texts. Presented by Dr. Linda Pearse. Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
JAN. 29 

Faculty and Guest Recital: “In Motion.” Joël Cormier and Ian Gibson present an evening of music for marimba duet featuring works by Alejandro Vinao, Eric Sammut, Egberto Gismonti, and more. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 


 

FRIDAY,
FEB. 4 

Faculty Recital“Music and Morality.” Nadia Francavilla (violin), Stephen Runge (piano), and Richard Hornsby (clarinet), explore ethical issues in music with performances of works by Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky, and Charles Ives. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 

FRIDAY,
FEB. 11 

Guest Recital: Denise Ritter-Bernardini (soprano), Head of Voice and Opera at Radford University, and Jennie Del Motte (piano) perform a recital of songs and arias from Purcell, Puccini, Debussy, Duparc, and the American folk tradition, from the early Baroque to 21st century. Brunton Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 

FRIDAY,
FEB. 11 

Voice Master Class: Soprano Denise Ritter-Bernardini (soprano) will present a master class for students in the Department of Music. Brunton Auditorium, 2:00 p.m. POSTPONED

 

FRIDAY,
FEB. 11 

Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Salle Neil-Michaud, U de Moncton, 7:00 p.m. POSTPONED

 

SATURDAY,
FEB. 12 

Entre Amis, featuring student performers from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

 

SUNDAY,
FEB. 13 

Mount Allison Choral Society and Elliott Chorale directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. Enjoy a musical journey through all love’s many forms: hopeful beginnings, the joyful bloom of true love, heartbreak, and the wistful sadness of lost love. Music by Barber, Pearsall, and many more. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED

 

WEDNESDAY,
FEB. 16 

Mount Allison Symphonic Band directed by Dr. Nicole Strum. “Chamber Music, Part 4”. Our fourth year featuring music for small ensembles. Brunton, 8 p.m.

 


 

FRIDAY,
MARCH 4

Faculty Recital: Olivier Huebscher (horn) and James Coghlin (piano), with Karin Aurell (flute) present "Heroic Horn," a journey through the horn's spiritual heartland, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Franz Strauss, Richard Strauss, and Hermann Neuling. From the first horn sonata ever written to low range acrobatics, you are invited to explore 150 years of music from the horn's Germanic roots. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
MARCH 6

Faculty Recital: "Got Lost: New Music for Voice and Piano." The Hayley-Laufer Duo (Dory Hayley, voice and Manuel Laufer, piano) explores the outer limits of 21st-century song with adventurous music by Anthony Tan, Diógenes Rivas, and Helmut Lachenmann. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.

 

MONDAY,
MARCH 7

Piano and Voice Master Class: Pianist Manuel Laufer will present a master class in contemporary music for solo pianists and voice & piano duos. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.

 

March 8 to 11 - Bragg Artist-in-Residence: Graham Johnson

TUESDAY,
MARCH 8

Graham Johnson presents a master class for voice and piano duos from the Department of Music. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 9

Colloquium musicum: "My Life in Music." Graham Johnson discussed his long and varied career as collaborative pianist, recording artist, and scholar. Brunton, 4:00 p.m.

 

THURSDAY,
MARCH 10

Graham Johnson presents a master class focusing on Schubert’s Lieder for voice and piano duos from the Department of Music. Brunton, 12:30 p.m.

 

THURSDAY,
MARCH 10

Public talk: “Schubert in Love, in Sickness and in Health.”  Pianist and scholar Graham Johnson shares his thoughts on various elusive aspects of the composer's private life that have been much-debated among scholars and music-lovers for many years, and never more so than in the last decades. Dr. Johnson will offer his interpretation of the available evidence and describe how Schubert's friendships impacted the composition of his songs. Brunton, 7:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
MARCH 11

“Collaboration at the Piano.” In this informal talk, Dr. Johnson will discuss the joys and challenges of collaborating at the piano, with a particular focus on the art song repertoire. Brunton, 1:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
MARCH 11

“Franz Schubert: Night and Day.” Pianist and scholar Graham Johnson presents a lecture-recital, contextualizing some of Schubert’s most beloved songs, joined by Dory Hayley (soprano) and Vicki St. Pierre (contralto). Brunton, 7:30pm 

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SUNDAY,
MARCH 13

 

Faculty Recital: “Music and Morality.” Nadia Francavilla (violin) and Stephen Runge (piano) explore ethical issues in music with performances of works by Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, and Charles Ives. Brunton, 3:00 p.m. 

 

SATURDAY,
MARCH 19

 

Faculty and Guest Recital: "Water Surrounds Us." The Ventus Machina woodwind quintet, joined by guest Hubert Francis, present a program featuring Jean-François Mallet's "How the Petitcodiac River became Muddy" in the original Mi'kmaq language with English and French subtitles and beautiful projected illustrations.  The program also includes the premieres of new compositions by James Kalyn and Jérôme Blais. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
MARCH 20

Student Recital: Kristopher Williams, flute, with James Coghlin, piano. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY,
MARCH 22 

Guitar Master Class: Tariq Harb will present a master class for students in the Department of Music. Brunton, 1:00 p.m. CANCELLED

 

SATURDAY,
MARCH 26

"Images of Canada." Mount Allison University’s Choral Society presents a choral journey across Canada through some of the nation’s most beloved folk songs (and a few adopted favourites as well)! Directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel, 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED

 

SUNDAY,
MARCH 27

Student Recital: Amanda Godin, voice, with Isaac Stepaniak, piano, and Sébastien Leclerc, piano. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
MARCH 27

Student Recital: Mélanie Dupuis, voice, with Sébastien Leclerc, piano. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 


 

FRIDAY,
APRIL 1

Mount Allison Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Nicole Strum, presents music by Canadian and American composers. Convocation Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY,
APRIL 2

Mount Allison New Music Ensemble directed by Dr. Nicole Strum. Hear new music created by and for the New Music Ensemble, as well as recently composed works. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
APRIL 3 

Join the Mount Allison University Choral Society as they present a choral journey across Canada in the University Chapel, then proceed to Brunton and join the Mount Allison Elliott Chorale for a concert exploring the emotions at the core of the human experience. A combined choral concert/dual venue event, directed by Dr. Kiera Galway. University Chapel followed by Brunton, 3:00 p.m. 

 

SUNDAY,
APRIL 3

Student Recital: Gabriel Theriault, saxophone, with Sébastien Leclerc, piano; Noah Batten, percussion. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

MONDAY,
APRIL 4

New Music @ Mount Allison. New music by Mount Allison student composers. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY,
APRIL 5

Chamber Music Collegium Performances by student chamber groups in the Bachelor of Music program. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

THURSDAY,
APRIL 7

The Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Mark Kleyn, presents a sonic celebration of spring, performing music that inspires and brings joy. Brunton, 8:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY,
APRIL 8

Student Lecture-Recital: "Where Have All the Divas Gone? - A Tribute to the Broadway Diva." Sarah MacLoon, mezzo-soprano, with Anne Marie Murphy, piano, presents a tribute to seven of Broadway's most influential women and an analysis of their role in modern musical theatre. 7:30 p.m. on YouTube.

 

SATURDAY,
APRIL 9

Student Recital: Caitlin Strong, piano; Isaac Stepaniak, piano. Brunton, 7:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY,
APRIL 10

Student Recital: Emma Cameron, piano. Brunton, 3:00 p.m.

 


 

SUNDAY,
MAY 15

Convocation Weekend Recital. Performances by students of the Department of Music. Brunton, 7:00 p.m.

 

Collegium Musicum

Performances by students in the Bachelor of Music program. Wednesdays 4 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium:
Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6. 

Tickets and Subscriptions

Single Tickets - Adults $15   Seniors and non-MtA students $10   Family $30
Subscriptions - Adults $60   Seniors and non-MtA students $30   Family $90

All concerts are free for current Mount Allison students with valid ID card.

Student Recitals, Master classes, Ensemble Concerts, Collegia/Colloquia - Free Admission, all are welcome 

Proceeds from these ticket and subscription sales support Music Department student scholarships. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased through the Music Department and at the door.

Some events listed in this calendar are not presented by the Department of Music or are ticketed separately. Tickets for these events are sold separately by their sponsors.

Mount Allison Performing Arts Series - visit mta.ca/performingarts

Sackville Festival of Early Music - visit sackvilleearlymusic.com