Concerts and Special Events

WINTER 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.
Everyone Welcome!


January 19
Faculty Showcase

The School of Fine Art and Music faculty and instructors perform music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TAN concert series and the 150th birthday of our great country Canada.

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January 26
THREE: Dreams and Wandering

Guy Few, trumpet and piano, Nadina Jackson, bassoon, and Leslie Newman, flute, perform a variety of chamber works from the 18th through to the 20th centuries.

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February 2

Artie Roth Jazz Quartet

The Artie Roth Jazz Quartet is dedicated to the composition and performance of new electric/acoustic improvised music by bandleader/bassist Artie Roth.  Known as a seamless musical unit with a virtually telepathic internal group communicatin, one critic observed that the quartet "speaks a distinctly contemporary idiom with a texture all it's own" (Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note, 2014).  The group released "Currently Experiencing" in 2013 and "Discern" in 2015.

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February 9
Autorickshaw Trio - Music of India: Made in Canada

The music of Autorickshaw spans Indian classical, folk, Bollywood, and fusion (blending Indian music with jazz, world, pop, and Canadian folk music) as well as original repertoire with deep roots in the soil of the Indian subcontinent.  Autorickshaw Trio has created a unique style of Indo-fusion music that, while strongly rooted in ancient art forms, is distinctly Canadian.

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February 16
Cary Savage - Classical Guitar Favorites replaced with

Bud Roach - Arias of Love, from London to Venice

Tenor and Baroque guitarist, Bud Roach, will perform English and Italian repertoire from 1620-1680, featuring music by Henry Purcell, Henry Lawes, Giovanni Felice Sances, and Alessandro Grandi.

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February 23
Reading Week - NO CONCERT



Duo Percussion: More Than Drums!

Brennan Connolly and David Robilliard of Duo Percussion were nominated for "Best Percussion Ensemble" in 2014 by Drum! Magazine.  They will perform an eclectic and high-energy concert.

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March 9
Creative Music Symposium - Rock, Metal, String

Jeff Bird, Gayle Young and Professor James Harley perform improvised music for all manner of instruments.

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March 16
Shoshana Telner

Pianist Shoshana Telner will perform works by three international composers, Robert Ward, Johann Nepomukl Hummel and Charles-Valentin Alkan, who composed fresh ideas within their traditional classical, romantic and 20th century music.

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March 23
Student Soloist Day

SOFAM Applied Music students perform.

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March 30
Student Soloist Day

Featuring the talented Applied Music students.

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For more information on the winter 2017 Thursday At Noon Concert Series please email Vicki Isotamm at or call 519 824-4120 ext.52991.


All Ensemble concert venues are physically accessible.


Thursday, April 7
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.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
University of Guelph Choirs present

Conducting Masterclass Recital

with Mentor Conductor Marta McCarthy

and Guest Conductors Olga Denisova, Evy Kassirer, Daniel Morris, Edmee Nataprawira and Yu Hang Tan

1:30 pm at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph

Tickets: $10 general admission available at the door starting at 1:00 pm

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Friday, March 31
University of Guelph Concert Winds Recital with Conductor John Goddard


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

General admission tickets are $10, Students / Seniors $5. Tickets available at the door starting at 7:15 pm

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Sunday, April 3

University of Guelph CME with Conductor Joe Sorbara

Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph
12noon - 2 p.m., doors open at 11:30 p.m.

$5 cover charge at the door

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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.

At present, the CME is:

Anneliese Belder (acoustic guitar) Trevor Cooke (electric guitar) Ryan Cosman (piano) Andy Miller (melodica, preparations) Joe Sorbara (drums, percussion) Graeme Steinman (clarinet) Andre Watson (drums, percussion) Tim Wilson (banjo)

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.” --

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.

Sunday, April 3

University of Guelph Chamber Ensemble with Conductor Henry Janzen

MacKinnon Building room 107, University of Guelph., Guelph
3:00 pm..

Free admission, donations welcome.

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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 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