Concerts and Special Events
FALL 2017 Thursday at Noon Concert Series
Celebrating 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.
Tar and Tombak Duet
This concert is co-sponsored by the Guelph Jazz Festival and the TAN concert series. Araz Salek, tar, and Pedram Khavazamini, tombak, perform classical Iranian music infused with rhythmically free and modally structured improvisation.
A Journey to the Romantics Vienna (through Song)
Presenting Lieder written by composers who lived and worked throughout the Romantic period of the Imperial city of Vienna. Soprano, Sarah Marie Kramer and pianist Carl Philippe Gionet present works for the dramatic soprano. Brahms, R. Strauss, Wagner, and Dvorak.
Celebrating Canadian Women
Music for flute and piano by Canadian women composers, with Laurel Swinden, flute, and Stephanie Mara, piano.
Jason Wilson & The Perennials
Perform music that combines reggae with the improvisational sensibility of jazz, layering it with the storytelling quality of the Scottish folk tradition.
NO CONCERT - FALL STUDY BREAK
String Quartet Masterworks from Canada and Norway with the Penderecki String Quartet
This concert presents two gems from the quartet repertoire. Canada's cherished composer R. Murray Schafer's haunting "Rosalind" quartet features the etheral sounds of bowed crotales and Edvard Grieg's soaring first quartet is brimming with Norwegian folk melodies.
Johannes Linstead - Guitar of Fire
Passionate Spanish guitars and firery fretwork with Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year” and JUNO nominee Johannes Linstead with special guest Geoff Hlibka.
Celebrating J. S. Bach's Suites for unaccompanied cello with a performance of his dark and introspective Suite No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1008), alongside the complex, nuanced nobility of Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major (BWV 1010). Between these two pillars of the cello repertoire, Ms. Frey performs newly commissioned works: "Ricercar".
Mezzo-soprano Kristina Szabó and pianist Anna Ronai perform works inspirited by beautiful fall days.
Al Gorman Quartet
Jazz music inspired by the north.
Student Soloist Day
Featuring the talented Applied Music students.
For more information on the fall 2017 Thursday At Noon Concert Series please email Vicki Isotamm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 824-4120 ext.52991.
Fall 2017 ENSEMBLE CONCERTS
All Ensemble concert venues are physically accessible.
Sunday, November 26
University of Guelph Chamber Ensemble with Conductor Henry Janzen
MacKinnon Building room 107, University of Guelph., Guelph
Free admission, donations welcome.
Wednesday, November 29
University of Guelph Concert Winds Recital with Conductor John Goddard
7:00 pm University Centre Courtyard, University of Guelph, Guelph
Free concert, everyone welcome.
Thursday, April 30
University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble with Conductor Ted Warren
7:00 pm at Manhattans Pizza Bistro and Music Club, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
$2 cover or donation at the door.
Saturday, December 2
University of Guelph Choirs
Title to be announced
with Conductor Marta McCarthy
8:00 pm at Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, 28 Norfolk St., Guelph
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, available in advance by contacting Vick Isotamm (email@example.com) or at the door starting at 7:15 pm
Sunday, December 3
University of Guelph CME with Conductor Joe Sorbara
Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph
1:00 pm, doors open at 12:30 pm
$5 cover charge at the door
The University of Guelph CME is an ensemble of curious musicians invested in creativity and artistic experimentation. We spend each fall semester developing an understanding of the process of free improvisation. During the winter semester that follows we learn to negotiate compositions and other structured materials from our new perspective as improvisers. This interpretive negotiation is what we call ‘Creative Music’ and it is as contemporary as it gets.
For this concert we will be presenting a series of Soundpaintings followed by a Temporary Ensembles set that will include a handful of your favourite local improvisers (tba).
“Soundpainting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual Artists. Presently (2016) the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The creation of the composition is realized, by the Soundpainter, through the parameters of each set of signed gestures. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974.” -- soundpainting.com
Temporary Ensembles are born, live short and potentially magical musical lives, and then sublimate into thin air. Their births involve a balanced merging of black arts as strange dice are selected and rolled and initiates are invited to make random selections with life-altering consequences. Their lives are intense, contingent, dripping with joyous risk and ugly beauty. They conclude with a sudden intake of breath that always already tastes of the moment after, an end that already is. And then there is another.
Thursday Noon Hour Concert Series
1967-2017 (Celebrating 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)
- 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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 519-824-4120, Ext. 52991