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Faculty Chamber Concert & Dinner: French Connections

Saturday, October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Faculty Chamber Music Series
French Connections: Poulenc, Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns

Featuring School of Music faculty and alumni
With special guests Gregor Craigie and Donovan Waters, narrators
And Owen Underhill, conductor

UVic School of Music faculty and alumni will join on stage with some special guests for a 50th anniversary celebratory concert of stories and songs. The program features Igor Stravinsky’s theatrical masterpiece L’Histoire du soldat, Camille Saint-Saëns’ humorous and fun-loving Carnival of the Animals, and Rapsodie nègre by Francis Poulenc.

The all-star line-up of performers includes Bruce Vogt, Arthur Rowe and Harald Krebs (piano), Patricia Kostek (clarinet), Suzanne Snizek (flute), Merrie Klazek (trumpet), Scott MacInnes (trombone), Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), the Lafayette String Quartet, and Alex Olsen (bass). Several School of Music alumni will also join the stage. Gregor Craigie, local celebrity and host of CBC’s On The Island, will narrate the Stravinsky. Donovan Waters, Professor Emeritus at UVic’s Faculty of Law, will recite the Ogden Nash verses during Carnival of the Animals — poems that were written more than 60 years later to accompany the music. Waters is a leading international expert in trust law with a passion for the spoken English language. The evening will be conducted by School of Music alumnus Owen Underhill (BMus ’75), who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Music Centre.

The concert will pay tribute to former School of Music Chair and Professor Emeritus, the late Phillip T. Young. Young was the real force behind the School of Music getting its own building back in the 70s and the Recital Hall was named in his honour. Young’s wife, Cathy, will be present and a new plaque will be installed in the lobby of the Recital Hall to commemorate Young.

Make an evening of it with a dinner and pre-concert talk! A special French-themed dinner at the University Club will give concert-goers the opportunity to mix and mingle with hosts Craigie and Waters as well as gain insight into the program in a pre-concert talk with UVic Distinguished Professor Dr. Harald Krebs.

Dinner will be served at 6PM (doors open at 5:30PM). Dinner will be a buffet (meat and vegetarian options available) with a cash bar. All are welcome — no membership requried.

Saturday, October 14 , 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,
$25 regular / $20 seniors / $10 students & UVic alumni
Dinner + Concert: $80 (advance tickets only) Concert tickets available in advance and at the door.
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