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    In a concert celebrating the UVic School of Music’s 12 years as an all-Steinway school, pianist Bruce Vogt performs a dynamic program of works by Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, including a waltz and six Nocturnes. Vogt will give a pre-concert talk at 1:30 PM about two titans of the piano — Chopin and Liszt — and their very different paths. Seating for the talk is limited, RSVP recommended. Please email music@uvic.ca to reserve a seat. Among the elite of Canadian pianists, Bruce Vogt is a unique and dynamic performer. He appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Bulgaria, China, and Japan. The School of Music became Canada’s very first all-Steinway school in 2008 when the university acquired 63 new Steinway pianos. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Steinway Legacy Fund, dedicated to the enhancement and expansion of the school’s valuable family of instruments. Admission by donation
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    The UVic Voice Ensemble explores music composed by historical members of the English Royal Family from Richard the Lionheart to Albert, Prince Consort. The program, along with presenter Kieran Foss, seeks to discover the humanity left behind in the works of art, and appreciate these historical figures as people rather than institutional symbols. The music, spanning approximately 850 years, switches from troubadour songs to choral mass settings to German lieder, providing an evening of tremendous variety with something for everyone. Admission by donation
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    Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the Viano String Quartet has already proved itself one of North America's most exciting young groups. Guest artists at the UVic School of Music, they are top prize winners in several international competitions, including the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Viano Quartet are now the quartet-in-residence at the Colburn School and are performing extensively all over the globe. This program will include Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74, No. 1 and Antonín Dvořák’s Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105. Admission by donation
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    Bobby Shew is a legendary jazz educator and world-class player, whose career has spanned over 60 years. The list of artists he’s worked with is truly astounding. He played big-band jazz with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He led blazing horn sections behind Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Smokey Robinson. He performed on countless film and TV soundtracks and has garnered GRAMMY® nods for his recordings as a leader. As a leading educator and instrument designer, he continues to influence the lives of countless young players. Bobby Shew’s visit is sponsored by Yamaha. Free admission
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    UVic Orion Series in Fine Arts guest artist and principal flutist with the Colorado Symphony, Brook Ferguson, will perform Philippe Gaubert’s rarely performed Flute Sonata No. 2, J.S. Bach’s Sonata in A Major, as well as Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango for flute and piano. She will be joined by Victoria-based pianist, Yoomi Kim. Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Ferguson has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has been Principal Flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she had the privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other great musicians and conductors. Free admission
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    The UVic School of Music presents a faculty concert devoted to rare chamber music by composers Rosy Wertheim, Simon Laks, Jan Novák and Claude Arrieu. Performers include soprano Anne Grimm, flutist Suzanne Snizek, violinist Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, pianist Yoomi Kim, and School of Music student and mezzo-soprano, Alana Hayes. Admission by donation
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    Theory professor and pianist Harald Krebs brings together his love and knowledge of song repertoire in a UVic School of Music concert featuring faculty brass and a few guests—who also possess a joy for playing songs. Together they will delight audiences with their arrangements of songs by German, French, and Spanish composers. Songs normally have words, but the arrangements on this program lend the lyrical lines to the instrumentalists. The concert title is a pun on Felix Mendelssohn’s most famous song, On Wings of Song, which will open the concert. With trombonist Scott MacInnes and principal horn of the Victoria Symphony Alana Despins, Krebs will perform songs by Johannes Brahms and Mendelssohn. Songs by Fanny Hensel—including two unpublished, recently transcribed songs—will feature trumpeter Merrie Klazek. Joined by tubist Paul Beauchesne, Krebs will play Gustav Mahler’s youthful Songs of a Wayfarer. The Sobremesa Quartet, a talented group of saxophonists from the studio of professor Wendell Clanton, will play arrangements by Sharon and Harald Krebs of songs by Josephine Lang. The afternoon will close with arrangements of vocal duets by Robert Schumann and the almost unknown composer Richard Roessler, with the aforementioned musicians in various configurations. Admission by donation
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    Critically acclaimed recitalist and Steinway artist, Arthur Rowe, performs an all-Beethoven program. Works will include Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles Op. 126, Sonata in A Major, Op. 101 and Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier), widely viewed as one of the greatest piano sonatas of all time and one of the most demanding solo works in the classical piano repertoire. A recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, Rowe has been heard regularly on radio broadcasts in Canada and the United States, and has recorded with various artists for the Crystal, ebs, Innova, GM and Fanfare labels. A highly respected chamber musician, Rowe regularly collaborates with artists and chamber ensembles across North America. He is Professor of Piano at the University of Victoria and Artistic Director of the Victoria Summer Music Festival. The UVic School of Music became Canada’s first all-Steinway school in 2008 when we acquired 63 new Steinway pianos. Our students, faculty, guest performers and concert goers have been appreciating the beauty and quality of these incredible instruments ever since. Proceeds from this concert will benefit our Steinway Legacy Fund, dedicated to the enhancement and expansion of our valuable collection instruments. A reception will follow the concert. Admission by donation
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    Tuba Christmas Victoria presents the 41st annual gathering of more than 100 tuba and euphonium players from across the Pacific Northwest. Tubist and University of Victoria instructor Paul Beauchesne will lead the ensemble in one of Victoria’s favourite holiday traditions. Donations will be accepted for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, a charity that assists the people most in need in the Greater-Victoria community. Tuba Christmas dates back to 1974 where it originated in New York City. Concerts now take place in over 200 cities worldwide and this year marks the 46th year for Tuba Christmas internationally. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/457799101511067/ Admission by donation
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    UVic’s Orion Series in Fine Arts presents pianist Carl Petersson. He will perform solo works by Frédéric Chopin, Niccolò Paganini/Franz Liszt, Einar Englund, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Isaac Albéniz. Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Petersson began playing the piano at age 15. With an international performance career, he has appeared at venues such as Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York and has collaborated with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kraków Philharmonic and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Recordings include von Flotow piano concertos with the Pilsen Philharmonic on Sterling Records (2008), Godowsky’s Java Suite (2011), cello and piano duets of Offenbach and von Flotow (2012), a live recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at CBC Radio, and world premiere recordings by Per Nørgård (2016). In 2013 Petersson received his PhD from the Academy of Music in Kraków. As a lecturer, he has been invited as a guest speaker to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the University of Ottawa and the New England Conservatory, among others. Free admission
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    Expect a fun-filled evening featuring original arrangements and timeless classics performed by Vocal Jazz studio groups and combos directed by Wendell Clanton. Admission by donation
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    Sonic Lab

    UVic’s contemporary music ensemble, directed by Ajtony Csaba, is dedicated to performing Canadian and international music of our time. Admission by donation
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    Join the UVic Wind Symphony, conducted by Steven Capaldo, in a program that explores the concepts of time and space, from early works written for wind band to innovative and modern pieces that push the boundaries of our expectations. The program will include works by Gordon Jacob, Julie Giroux, Peter Meechan and Katherine Bergman. The UVic Wind Symphony is recognized as one of the premier performing wind ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The Wind Symphony regularly features student, faculty and guest solo artists, collaborates annually with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and has given numerous Canadian and world premieres of contemporary works. Regular $20 / Seniors $15 / Students & UVic Alumni $10
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    Pianist Stéphane Lemelin and violinist Axel Strauss are guests at the UVic School of Music for An Afternoon in Paris. The duo will perform Lili Boulanger’s Deux Morceaux and Gabriel Fauré’s Violin Sonata No. 1. They will be joined by the Lafayette String Quartet for Ernest Chausson’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 21. Pianist Stéphane Lemelin is well-known to audiences throughout Canada and regularly tours in the United States, Europe and Asia as soloist and chamber musician. He is Department Chair of Performance at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. German violinist Axel Strauss, equally passionate about teaching and performing, joined the faculty of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2012. Prior to moving to Montreal, he served as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Regular $25 / Seniors $20 / Students & UVic Alumni $10
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    Join students from the University of Victoria voice studio as they reflect on war and conflict through the music of Schumann, Schubert, Somers, Prokofiev, Debussy, Poulenc and Britten. This Remembrance Day concert will close with a call to the power of music in Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Directed by voice professor Benjamin Butterfield and repetiteur Kinza Tyrrell. Admission by donation
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