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WINTER 2018  Thursday at Noon Concert Series

Celebrating over 50 Years of Music Making

Concerts start at 12:00 p.m. SHARP on Thursdays in MacKinnon Rm 107 (Goldschmidt Room), a physically accessible space.

Admission FREE - donations gratefully appreciated.
Everyone Welcome!


January 18
Faculty Showcase

The talented SOFAM Music faculty and sessional instructors perform.

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January 25
Romanza: Music of Spain and Latin America with the Azuline Duo

Featuring Sara Traficante, flute, and Emma Rush, guitar.

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February 1
Duo Percussion - More Than Drums!

Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard perform an eclectic and high-energy program featuring classical, contemporary and Canadian music.  Duo Percussion was nominated for "Best Percussion Ensemble" in 2014 by Drum! Magazine.

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February 8
Virtuosity from the Soul

Widely considered the top Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus will perform from his extensive repertoire, leading the listener on a deep musical journey.

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February 15
Duo Forte in Recital

Canadian pianists Christina Petrowska Quilico and Shoshana Telner perform captivating four hand music by twentieth century composers.  This dance inspired program includes Samuel Barber's Souvenirs Opus 28, and transcriptions of George Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Maurice Raval's La Valse.

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February 22
NO CONCERT - Reading Week


March 1
Tio Chorinho

Tio Chorinho is the only ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing choro music, the "New Orleans jazz of Brazil."  Exciting, intimate, nostalgic and virtuosic, choro is an infectious urban-folk style whose universal appeal belies its musical complexity. The group features Eric Stein (mandolin), Avital Zemer (7-string guitar), Maninho Costa (percussion), Carlinhos Cardoso (cavaquinho), and Andre Valerio (guitar and cavaquinho). 

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March 8
flung loose into the stars

Pianist/composer Adam Sherkin offers a view into the distinctive canon of Canadian piano works inspired by the Cosmos.  From the ancient astronomical traditions of our own ancestors here on Earth to super-giant main sequence stars in the solar systems and beyond, this music attests to the significance of the night sky as a characteristically Canadian impulse for creativity.  SOFAM Professor James Harley's own contribution, flung loose into the stars, is featured on the programme.  This concert is part of the annual Creative Music Symposium.

Adam Sherkin will give a talk at 1:15pm in MacKinnon 107.  Everyone is welcome.

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March 15
Angela Park, piano and Scott St. John, violin

Two of Canada's top instrumentalists, Angela Park and Scott St. John, perform Schubert Fantasy in C major and Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G major.

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March 22
Student Soloists Day

The talented SOFAM Applied Music students perform.

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March 29
Student Soloist Day

Featuring the talented Applied Music students.

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For more information on the winter 2018 Thursday At Noon Concert Series please email Vicki Isotamm at or call 519 824-4120 ext.52991.


Applied Music Recitals - Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Poster



All Ensemble concert venues are physically accessible.

Saturday, February 3

University of Guelph Symphonic Choir & Voice of Joy Community Choir from Newmarket present

United in Music, United in Joy

Richard Heinzle and Marta McCarthy, Conductors
Jan Stem and Betty Maher, Accompanists

7:00 pm - Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph

Tickets: $10 at the door

Each choir will present music from their repertory, and then the choirs will perform together, with audience participation encouraged. The Voices of Joy, a choir servicing developmentally challenged adults in Newmarket, Ontario, have been warming the hearts of audiences for decades. Please join us to witness the power of music to lift spirits and enhance life.

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Thursday, April 5

University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble

Conductor Ted Warren

7:00 pm - Manhattans Pizza Bistro and Music Club, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

$2 cover or donation at the door.

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Friday, April 6

University of Guelph Concert Winds Recital

Shadow and Light

Conductor John Goddard

8:00 pm - Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph

Tickets at the door:  $10 General Admission / $5 Students and Seniors

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Saturday, April 7

University of Guelph Choirs

This Thirsty Land: A musical tribute to Water

Conductor Marta McCarthy

featuring James Mason, oboe, and chamber orchestra

8:00 pm - St. George's Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, available in advance by contacting Vick Isotamm ( or at the door starting at 7:15 pm

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Sunday, April 8

University of Guelph CME

Conductor Ben Grossman

1:00 pm - 10C, 42 Carden St., Guelph, 4th Floor

$5 cover charge at the door.

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Sunday, April 8

University of Guelph Chamber Ensemble with Conductor Henry Janzen

and the Applied Composition Recital with Instructor James Harley

3:00 pm - MacKinnon Building, Room 107 (Goldschmidt Room), University of Guelph, Guelph

Free Admission.

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Thursday Noon Hour Concert Series
1967-2018 (Celebrating over 50 years of Music from Around the World)

When the Department of Music was established in 1965 as part of Wellington College of Arts and Science, Ralph Kidd was appointed Chair of this small but important academic unit. For many years Ralph and Edith Kidd were in effect the "musicians in residence" for the Federated Colleges of the Department of Agriculture which included the Ontario Agricultural College, the Ontario Veterinary College, and MacDonald Institute.

In their capacity as musicians in residence, Ralph and Edith provided music for every occasion, playing for convocations, University church services, alumni reunions, 4H group visits, and for banquets and retirement parties.

In addition, they organized the Sunday Nine O'Clock Concert Series, held in Creelman and War Memorial Hall, and helped to bring distinguished performers to the campus. The Glee Club, made up of students from the colleges, was conducted by Ralph and Edith accompanied.

The Kidds' influence reached well beyond Guelph as founders of the Inter-Varsity Choral Festival which included Toronto, McMaster, Western and Guelph.

In the Guelph community, Ralph and Edith took an active role in every musical enterprise including the Presto Music Club. Ralph was also organist and choirmaster at St. Georges's Anglican Church for many years and established a fine musical tradition with both the adult and boys' choirs.

When the Arts Building was completed on the University of Guelph campus in August 1967, Edith became Concert Manager with responsibility for planning concerts that would feature professional performers brought to Guelph to provide cultural opportunities for the University community. She was given plenty of freedom, but a very small budget. The plan was to use Music Room 107 in what is now the MacKinnon Building for Noon-Hour Concerts offered to faculty, staff, students and the general public, all free of charge.

The first concert of the 1967-68 academic year began with a recital by the Dutch baritone Peter van Ginkel, who at the time was in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. About twenty concerts were arranged every year. Until retirement in 1975, Edith and Ralph worked tirelessly on this concert series which was soon recognized as a model of quality, economy and good organization. Ralph provided a brief introduction before each performance, and welcomed the artists.

Other Ontario universities have replicated the style and structure of these splendid Thursday Noon Hour Concerts, but Guelph led the way.

Over the years the series has seen an impressive array of well-known nationally and internationally recognized artists including:

  • The Canadian Opera Company (1975)
  • renowned pianist Angela Hewitt (1979)
  • baritone Kevin McMillan (1987)
  • the Amsterdam Guitar Trio (1987)
  • the Vancouver Wind Trio (1987)
  • Soviet pianist Evgenij Koroljav (1987)
  • Elsa Hilger and Catherine Baird, cello and piano from the USA (1987)
  • The Cleveland Violin Duo (1988)
  • American lutist Hopkinson Smith (1988)
  • Mondriaan String Quartet (1994)
  • Jaap Schroder (Netherlands), baroque violin with Mary Cyr, viola da gamba and Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord (1997)
  • Lukshmi Ranganathan, veena Vasan Rajalingam, mrudangam (1997)
  • Trichy Sankaran & Friends (1997)
  • Arbor Oak Trio (1999) and Boubacar Diabate, kora and Elhadji Diouf, percussion (2000)
  • Silvia Mandolini (Italy), violin and Brigitte Poulin, piano (Quebec) (2004)
  • Alexander Tselyakov, piano (Russia) (2004)
  • Andrew Klaehn, reeds, Michel Bergauer, bass, Paul Stouffer, piano (2004)
  • Ken Moore, solo guitar (2006)
  • Jesse Stewart, solo percussion (2006)
  • Cary Savage, classical guitar (2007)
  • The Donn Robert' Band (2008)
  • The Middlesex Singers, Richard Cunningham and Zachary Windus (2008)
  • Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble, Silvia Gelos, flute, and Gustavo Balanesco, piano (2008)
  • The Trillium Brass Quintet, (2009)
  • Light of East Ensemble, (2009)
  • Red Chamber Ensemble, (2010)
  • Kevin Breit, (2010)
  • Jane Bunnett, (2011)
  • guy & nadina (2012)
  • Johannes Linstead (2012, 2016, 2017)
  • Sadie Fields (2013)
  • Ben Covey (2013)
  • Jeremy Bell and Shoshana Telner (2014)
  • Daniel Cabena and Stephen Runge (2014)
  • Project Aria with Leslie Fagan, Guy Few and Stephanie Mara (2015)
  • Duo Concertante (2015 & 2011)
  • Jason Wilson and The Perennials (2016)
  • The Penderecki String Quartet (2017)
  • Tony McManus (2018)

The School of Fine Art and Music and the College of Arts are proud supporters of the Thursday At Noon Concert Series which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.   Performers from around the world come to the University of Guelph to showcase their talents to our community.  Over the years, the series has been expanded to include performances by various music ensembles conducted by faculty from the School of Fine Art and Music, as well as three special Student Soloists' Day concerts presented each academic year.

For more information on the Thursday At Noon or Ensemble Concert Series, please email Vicki Isotamm ( 519-824-4120, Ext. 52991