2019 scholarship winners

The School of Music is pleased to announce the winners of two important scholarships — the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarship and the Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship for Advanced Music Study.

Established by the Johann Strauss Foundation, and augmented by generous annual support from the Hecht Foundation, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarships support the advanced study of music at public or private institutions in Austria.

The Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship, created by Maurice and Tamako Copithorne, supports the advanced study of music outside of Austria.

Highly competitive, both scholarships provide students with valuable opportunities for learning and cultural exchange. This year’s winners are as follows:

Johann Strauss Foundation/Lotte and John Hecht Scholarships

  • Alyssa Samson, voice ($5000)

  • Amanda Andrishak, piano ($5000)

  • Rachel Park, voice ($5000)

Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship

  • Matthew McLellan, voice ($3000)

Congratulations to all, and good luck with your exciting summer studies! The next round of scholarship auditions will be held in Feb. 2020. Look out for more details in the fall.

Spring award nominations for School of Music faculty and alumni

Two award winners and dozens of finalists —  of Music faculty and alumni have recently made a splash in major Canadian competitions!

This weekend, sopranos Anna Toumine (BMus’12) and Elizabeth Harris (BMus’16, MMus’18) won second and third place, respectively, at Vancouver Opera’s inaugural Vocal Competition. Conceived as a launching pad for young opera singers, the competition brought eight gifted young opera singers from across Canada together in front of a panel of judges that included renowned mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, conductor Jonathan Darlington, and more.

Meanwhile, the just-announced 2019 Western Canadian Music Award nominees include Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year, Hard Rubber Orchestra for Jazz Artist/Ensemble of the Year, and Farshid Samandari (MMus’07, DMA’14) for Classical Composer of the Year. All four ensembles feature School of Music faculty and alumni.

Here’s the full list of personnel:


WCMA Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year

Turning Point Ensemble: UBC faculty Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Brenda Fedoruk (flute), Vern Griffiths (percussion), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon) as well as clarinetist A.K. Coope (BMus’90).

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Matthew Gaskin (MMus’17), Christina Cichos (BMus’12), Emily Cheung (BMus’06), Eric Schwarzhoff (BMus’12, MMus’14), George Roberts (BMus’85), Karyn Way (BMus’96, MMus’98), Madeline Lucy Smith (BMus’07).

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: concertmaster Karl Stobbe (BMus’94).


WCMA Jazz Artist /Ensemble of the Year

Hard Rubber Orchestra
Artistic director and composer John Korsrud (BMus’89); trumpeters Alan Matheson (faculty), Jamie Hovorka (BMus’95), Robin Shier (BEd’02), Bill Clark (BEd’99); trombonists Jeremy Berkman (faculty), Dennis Esson (faculty), Rob McKenzie (BMus’77, MMus’89), Bob Rogers (BMus86, BEd’92); saxophonists Mike Braverman (BMus’92, BEd’93, MEd’02), Monik Nordine (BMus’92); pianists Allen Stiles (BMus’84, MMus’86), Chie Nagatani (BMus’91), Adrienne Park (BMus’91); string players Finn Manniche (BMus’86), Cameron Wilson (BMus’88), Bob Clark (BMus’86), Sandy Fiddes (BMus’87); vocalists Siphiwe McKenzie (BMus’95), Elizabeth Skillings (BMus’95); percussionist Phil Belanger (BMus’77); and composers Keith Hamel (faculty), John Oliver (BMus’82), Bob Pritchard (faculty), Fred Stride, Cameron Wilson, Sandy Fiddes, Rob McKenzie.

WCMA Classical Composer of the Year
Farshid Samandari (MMus’07, DMA’14)

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

Introducing Marina Thibeault

Photo: Matthew Perrin

Photo: Matthew Perrin

The UBC School of Music is pleased to announce that Marina Thibeault will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, beginning in the 2019–20 academic year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Marina Thibeault to UBC. A versatile and accomplished musician, she promises to bring great energy and artistry to this position, and will be in a position to make profound contributions for years to come,” said Dr. Alexander Fisher, Acting Director of the School of Music.

A renowned Canadian violist, Thibeault has won numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She has released two albums, Toquade (2017) and ELLES (2018), to critical acclaim. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from McGill University, where she is currently completing her doctoral studies.

“The School of Music has a long and exciting history of producing some of Canada’s top violists and we feel very fortunate to have Marina to carry on this tradition. Ms. Thibeault brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our division and will be a wonderful addition to the School of Music. The future certainly looks bright for the School!” added Prof. Jasper Wood, head of the School’s Strings Division.

Thibeault will play an important role at the School of Music. Her duties will include undergraduate and graduate studio instruction, chamber music coaching and coordination, and the development of strings curriculum. She will also support and strengthen the School of Music’s close ties to the Vancouver music community, working with our team of VSO principals and other top musicians in the city.

“I am thrilled and honoured to join the established and innovative UBC School of Music as Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music,” she said. “I very much look forward to working and collaborating with the outstanding faculty and students, developing research and contributing to the rich music scene of Vancouver and British Columbia!"

Her début recital at UBC will happen on Oct. 9th at Roy Barnett Recital Hall, as part of the School of Music’s Wednesday Noon Hour series.

 Welcome to UBC, Marina!


WATCH: Marina Thibeault performs Ana Sokolovic’s Prelude

 

ABOUT MARINA THIBEAULT

Marina Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).

Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label and was nominated for Album of the Year at the ADISQ (2017) and the Prix Opus (2018). ELLES, her second opus, was recently released on March 2018, and has been critically acclaimed. Her 2017-2018 solo debuts include the "Orchestre Métropolitain," the Agora Symphony, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, and the "Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville."

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with professors Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz, and a Master’s degree with André Roy at McGill University, where she is completing her doctoral studies and served as viola and chamber music instructor. Since the summer of 2018, Marina has coordinated the chamber music program at Domaine Forget, QC, where she will also begin teaching viola in the summer of 2019.

This summer, Marina will be the soloist in residence of the Orchestre de la Francophonie, with conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay. You can hear her in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Kerson Leong and in Gilles Tremblay’s En Partage at the Domaine Forget and at the National Arts Center. 2019-2020 highlights include Harold in Italy with the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a tour of the Vasks Concerto with the Agora Chamber Orchestra and Nicolas Ellis, a Prairie Debut tour with the Trio Saint-Laurent and the start of a new position as Assistant Professor of viola at the UBC School of Music.

Marina plays on an 1767 Carlo Ferdinand Landolfi, with a W.E Hill Sons bow, generously loaned by Canimex.

High Notes | Spring 2019 Edition

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High Notes | Spring 2019

FEATURES

The School of Music Welcomes a New Director

Internationally renowned composer, educator, and media personality Dr. Patrick Carrabré takes the reins

The Mind of an Opera Singer

Does opera change how the brain works? A new interdisciplinary UBC study looks for answers

From Wearable Instruments to 3-D Printed Violins

Created eight years ago as a ‘laboratory where music meets technology,’ the Sonic UBC Laptop Sounds and Sensors Class has become a hothouse of innovation

Forces to Be Reckoned With

Oboist Katrina Bligh (BMus’09) and tuba player Tony Taylor (MMus’18) talk about their careers in the Canadian Armed Forces and why they love it

ALSO IN THE ISSUE

  • Donor Spotlight: Tamako Copithorne talks about six decades of fostering cultural exchange

  • Winter Concerts: Debussy’s La Mer, plus Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, John Luther Adams, and more

  • Research & Publications: Rossini, 'Repeated Borrowing,' and Rhythm Research Cluster residencies

  • Alumni Making Waves: Juno Awards, new opera and symphony orchestra roles, and Gamelan Bike-Bike

  • Beyond the Gates: Performances in North America and Asia, a conducting residency, and choral music galore

  • Catching Up with Our Students: Student leadership awards, Concerto Competition winners, and National Youth Orchestra positions

  • New Recordings: Prof. Mark Anderson releases volume four of his Röntgen series; conducting student Jaelem Bhate records his first jazz album

  • Playlist: Prof. J. Patrick Raftery chooses music inspired by spring

As always, we want to hear from you! Send us your comments and story ideas.

 

The School of Music welcomes new director

Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré

Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré

The University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré as the new Director of the School of Music. An internationally renowned composer, teacher, and media personality, Dr. Carrabré will assume the role starting July 1st, 2019.  

“I am delighted that Dr. Carrabré will take on the leadership of the School of Music. His impressive track record as an artist and administrator at the highest levels will make him a tremendous asset to our students, to our renowned School of Music, and to the UBC Arts and Culture District as a whole,” said Dr. Gage Averill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UBC. 

Dr. Carrabré comes to UBC from Brandon University, where he has served as Dean of Music and Vice-President, Academic and Research. He takes over at the School of Music for Acting Director Dr. Alexander Fisher. 

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Inside the brain of an opera singer

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By Tze Liew

What happens inside the brain of an opera singer?

Prof. Nancy Hermiston, Chair of the Voice Division and Director of the UBC Opera, has wondered about this for nearly 20 years. She suspects that opera training can rewire the brain, given how cognitively challenging it is as an art form.

“Opera is very complicated,” Hermiston says. “Singers are required to multitask on so many levels. They must perform difficult music, sing in a foreign language, act, dance, keep an eye on the conductor without the audience noticing, coordinate with the rest of the cast, feed off the energy of the audience without getting distracted, all while wearing a costume weighing up to 45 pounds!”

It is no doubt incredibly taxing on the body – and the brain. But over the span of her 24-year teaching career, Hermiston has time and time again been amazed by the marvellous feats and learning leaps achieved by her students. She has observed many cases of students with learning differences – various forms of dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder – improving drastically in their academic abilities over years of opera training.

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From wearable instruments to 3D-printed violins

SUBCLASS students. Photo: Takumi Hayashi

SUBCLASS students. Photo: Takumi Hayashi

By Colleen O’Connor

A dancer in a wired bodysuit makes a graceful opening gesture and instrumental percussion begins. Her movements quicken as she crosses the Barnett Hall stage; she brings her leg around in a circle and the rhythms become more complex. As both hands touch the suit, digitized pitches layer atop the percussive beats.

A musician sits with a violin perched in her lap. She taps the body of the instrument. Percussion and synth sounds emerge, as colourful geometric shapes collapse, expand and dance on the screen behind her. She picks up her bow and begins to play.

A wearable instrument and a violin that ‘plays’ colour as well as sound: These fascinating projects were developed by former student Kiran Bhumber (BMus’18) in collaboration with Prof. Robert Pritchard, and by Chantelle Ko (BA’18) in Pritchard’s Sonic UBC Laptop Sounds and Sensors Class (SUBCLASS). A core part of the Applied Music Technology Minor, SUBCLASS is a musical laboratory where students become inventors, pushing the boundaries of music and technology.

The idea behind the course, according to Prof. Pritchard, is to bring students with very different perspectives and skill sets together, give them the tools and the space to create, and watch what happens.

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Forces to be reckoned with

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band performs in Chile. Photo: MARPAC Imaging Services

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band performs in Chile. Photo: MARPAC Imaging Services

 

By Tze Liew

Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso, 2018. It is the 200th anniversary of the Chilean Armada. Canada has sent the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy to join in the celebrations. Katrina Bligh, Petty Officer 2nd Class and oboist, is performing in a military tattoo in front of a beautifully lit, palace-like navy headquarters, bringing the gift of music to a plaza full of people. It’s an incredible experience she will never forget.

Becoming a military musician wasn’t necessarily the path Bligh thought she would take when she decided to study music at UBC. Looking back on her university years, she remembers grappling with the question so many students face: What do I do with my music degree?

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to become an orchestral musician. My mother [Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, a UBC faculty member] worked as a harpist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, so I knew very well what it took. But I just wasn’t convinced,” Bligh says.

Then a full-time job for oboe came up in the Regular Force in her fourth year – and Bligh jumped at the opportunity.

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Donor Spotlight: A life dedicated to cultural exchange

Image courtesy of Tamako Copithorne

Image courtesy of Tamako Copithorne

This March, students from Tokyo’s Keio University Choir and UBC’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program (BOMP) teamed up with Early Music Vancouver for a gorgeous performance of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver. The groups performed the German composer’s 17th-century masterpiece to a large and enthusiastic audience. Among those in attendance was Keio University alumna and longtime UBC School of Music supporter Tamako Copithorne.

For Tamako, who helped to support this initiative, it was more than just a concert. It was the latest highlight in a passion project that goes back over sixty years.

“In 1955, I came to Canada for the first time as an exchange student from Japan to the University of British Columbia,” Tamako says. At the time, such programs were virtually unheard of. Tamako was among the first Japanese exchange students to study in Canada, and her experience at UBC (and later the University of Toronto) was so compelling that she returned home determined to help pave the way for future students — Japanese and Canadian — and continue to build the relationship between Keio University and UBC.

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Winter 2019 concerts available online

Watch the latest performances by the School of Music’s large and small ensembles on Livestream and Vimeo:

Debussy, Françaix
and Adams

UBC Symphony Orchestra performs the Debussy masterpiece La Mer, along with the Canadian premiere of John Luther Adams’s Northern Suite and Jean Françaix’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, featuring 2018 UBC Concerto Competition 2nd Place Winner Carlos Savall-Guardiola, clarinet.

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The UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs works by Bach, Mussorgsky, and Bassi, with special guest Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet. Watch online

Stories

The University Singers, Chamber Choir and Choral Union perform a wide-ranging selection of contemporary repertoire. Featuring graduate student conductors Demi Chao, Tiffany Chen, and Andrea Ciona. Watch online

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New research and publications

Dewa Alit

Dewa Alit

The Rhythm Research Cluster (RRC) closed its initial funded period with two exciting residences that brought innovative Balinese composer Dewa Alit, and the popular music scholar Anne Danielsen, director of the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (Norwegian Centre of Excellence, Oslo) to the School of Music. Organized by Prof. Michael Tenzer, Alit’s residence culminated with a public performance at Western Front by School of Music students and alumni of works by Alit and others — including the world premiere of Alit’s RRC-commissioned work, “Simalakama.” During Danielsen’s residence, graduate students and faculty participated in a workshop on micro-rhythmic analysis; the residence closed with a Music Colloquium Series lecture on the impact of digitization on rhythm and groove in African-American popular music. 

Prof. David Metzer published “Repeated Borrowing: The Case of ‘Es ist genug’” in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. The article explores “a group of songs that musicians have frequently taken up in creating new works, from the chanson ‘L’homme armé’ in Renaissance masses to ‘Apache’ in hip hop tracks… and provide[s] the first study of repeated borrowing and trace[s] it across centuries and genres.”

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Alumni Making Waves: Juno Awards, new roles, and Gamelan Bike-Bike

Gamelan Bike Bike

Gamelan Bike Bike

Aidan Mulldoon Wong (BMus’17) won the position of Section Clarinet and Utility Clarinet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 season. The VSO clarinet section also includes School of Music alumna Michelle Goddard (BMus’07), who previously won the position of Second Clarinet/Eb Clarinet.

Nicole Linaksita (BSc/BMus’16) and Megan Thibeault (DMPS’18) are among the six finalists in the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Piano). The finals will be held April 19–21, 2019.

With his group the Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker (BMus’85) won the 2019 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber for their album The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke and Ravel (Analekta). The Gryphon Trio were also nominated in the Classical Album: Large Ensemble category, for their collaboration with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra on Into the Wonder.

Robyn Jacob (BMus’11 ) co-founded Gamelan Bike Bike, a new 10-person ensemble that uses instruments created from old bike parts. The group is the subject of a new short film on the CBC Creator Network.

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Beyond the Gates: Performances in North America and Asia, a conducting residency, and choral music galore

 
Dr. Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li

Dr. Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li

Dr. Corey Hamm, Professor of Piano, won UBC’s Dorothy Somerset Award for excellence in performance. The award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to art, music, creative writing, theatre or film. With PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), Dr. Hamm and Nicole Ge Li premiered the full orchestra version of Dr. Dorothy Chang’s double concerto Gateways in Seattle with conductor Julia Tai and Philharmonia Northwest.

In March, Dr. Graeme Langager and the University Singers performed with famed soprano Sarah Brightman at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

Dr. Jonathan Girard, Director of Orchestral Activities, led the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in a concert in Kodak Hall in Rochester, New York in February.  The program included Poulenc’s Orchestral Suite from Les Animaux Modeles, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major (featuring Fantee Jones, piano), and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. The concert was the culmination of Dr. Girard’s residency as a visiting professor of conducting at Eastman, where he taught the graduate orchestral conducting students of Neil Varon.

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Catching up with our students: Leadership awards, National Youth Orchestra news, and more

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Dual BMus/BSci student Aydan Con has won the Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award for Contribution to the UBC Community and Beyond, for playing “a crucial role in two projects involving curricular redesign. Through these projects, [he] supported the introduction of new evaluation and teaching methods to deepen Music students’ connections to transferrable workplace skills, as well as evaluation of undergraduate student mental and physical wellbeing in relation to academic workload demands.” Aydan helped launch ChamberFest in February and also volunteered at the Downtown Eastside Saint James Music Academy and the Canadian Blood Services. This is the first time a UBC Music student has received the distinction.

A number of School of Music students have won spots with the 2019 National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC). Congratulations to BMus students Jonathan López (clarinet), Katelynn Whittle (oboe), Jesse Guo (percussion), Nina Weber (viola), Alexander Knopp (violin), and Alexander Beggs (viola)! The NYOC Residency runs from June to August, with the orchestra embarking on a two-month tour across Canada and Spain.   

DMA student Benjamin Hopkins advanced to the semi-finals of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition held this March in New York.

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New Recordings: Röntgen, a jazz début, and more

Prof. Mark Anderson released the fourth volume of his series devoted to the music of German-Dutch composer Julius Röntgen. The album spans fifty-five years of the composer’s lifetime, and includes Ballad, Op.6 written in 1873, when the composer was a teenager, and the Sonata in C-sharp minor from 1928. Available on Amazon and iTunes (US).

MMus conducting student Jaelem Bhate (BMus’17) released his first album, On the Edge, with his group the Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra. The record includes his multi-movement “Pacific Suite,” along with works that blend the influences of his jazz heroes of Thad Jones, John Clayton, Bill Holman, and his mentor Fred Stride with his parallel study of Western Classical music. Perfoming on the album are some of Vancouver’s best jazz musicians, including Steve Kaldestad, Brent Mah, Michael Kim, and Duran Ritz. Available at CD Baby.

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Playlist: Spring

By J. Patrick Raftery

Motivated by the imminent arrival of spring, I have chosen the theme of love to explore in my playlist. I have always been motivated by my love of music, my love for singers, and my love of opera and song. For my playlist I’ve chosen some of my favourite works by friends and colleagues, as well as a few classics by my personal icons.

Over the course of my career, I’ve been fortunate to share the stage with some brilliant singers, including Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Helen Donath, Barbara Bonney, Pilar Lorengar, Marilyn Horne, and Régine Crespin. I was lucky enough to be double cast as the Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden with Thomas Allen, and happy Beverly Sills and the great Canadian Mezzo Maureen Forester were among my friends.

Other singers I have long admired include Arleen Auger, Janet Baker, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Hans Hotter, Robert Merrill, Margaret Price, and Giuseppe Di Stefano! Here, along with my full Spotify list, are some YouTube clips of the songs that I held up as an ideal to strive for when I was a young singer.

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Meet Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré, UBC School of Music's new director

Dr. Patrick Carrabré

Dr. Patrick Carrabré

The University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré as the new Director of the School of Music. An internationally renowned composer, teacher, and media personality, Dr. Carrabré will assume the role starting July 1st, 2019.  

“I am delighted that Dr. Carrabré will take on the leadership of the School of Music. His impressive track record as an artist and administrator at the highest levels will make him a tremendous asset to our students, to our renowned School of Music, and to the UBC Arts and Culture District as a whole,” said Dr. Gage Averill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UBC. 

Dr. Carrabré comes to UBC from Brandon University, where he has served as Dean of Music and Vice-President, Academic and Research. He takes over at the School of Music for Acting Director Dr. Alexander Fisher. 

“We all look forward to working with Pat as we embrace the many opportunities in front of us,” said Dr. Fisher. “Times of transition always involve some uncertainty, but Pat’s steady hand and brilliant mind give all of us confidence that we will have great years ahead under his leadership,” Dr. Fisher said. 

Dr. Carrabré joins the UBC School of Music at a time of growth and excitement. With a 110-student symphony orchestra, ambitious opera, choir and band ensembles, and thriving musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and composition programs, it is one of the largest and most exciting music schools in Canada. Every year the School of Music graduates artists, scholars, producers, and educators who go on to win international awards and perform on some of the world’s biggest stages.  

“I feel privileged and excited to take on this role of supporting the outstanding faculty, students and staff in the School of Music,” Dr. Carrabré said. “I’m also looking forward to developing connections with Vancouver’s vibrant artistic community.” 

Dr. Carrabré is an acclaimed artist-researcher in his own right. Construction of identity is a long-term theme, manifesting in his compositions, concert and radio programming, and administrative activities. The creation of shared musical spaces with indigenous and non-western musicians has also been a significant theme of his work since before the dawn of the Truth and Reconciliation era.

For well over a decade, he worked closely with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including six seasons as composer-in-residence and co-curator of the orchestra’s New Music Festival. Carrabré’s best known compositions include Inuit Games, for throat singers (katajjak) and orchestra, Sonata No. 1, The Penitent, for violin and piano, From the Dark Reaches, and A Hammer For Your Thoughts….

Together these works have earned two Juno nominations, a recommendation at the International Rostrum of Composers (2003), a Western Canadian Music Award (Best Classical Composition) and two other WCMA nominations.

Also active in the media, Dr. Carrabré served two seasons as the weekend host of CBC Radio 2’s contemporary music show The Signal. 

For media interviews, please contact Erik Rolfson at UBC Public Affairs.


WATCH: Throat singers Inukshuk Aksalnik and Pauline Pemik perform Dr. Patrick Carrabré’s Inuit Games with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Alumni Making Waves: Juno Awards, new roles, and Gamelan Bike-Bike

With his group the Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker (BMus’85) won the 2019 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber for their album The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke and Ravel (Analekta). The Gryphon Trio were also nominated in the Classical Album: Large Ensemble category, for their collaboration with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra on Into the Wonder.

Baritone Tyler Duncan (BMus’98) appeared as a soloist on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi (Chandos), which won the Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble. The awards were held in London, Ontario in March and hosted by Sarah MacLachlan.

Aidan Mulldoon Wong

Aidan Mulldoon Wong

Aidan Mulldoon Wong (BMus’17) won the position of Section Clarinet and Utility Clarinet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 season. The VSO clarinet section also includes School of Music alumna Michelle Goddard (BMus’07), who previously won the position of Second Clarinet/Eb Clarinet.

Guitarist Tom Gamble (MMus’16) released a new video for his group, Duo Kottos, featuring a cover film composer Thomas Newman’s “The Road to Perdition.” You can watch it here.

Justin Chiang (BMus'14) has won a position with the Canadian Forces bands, playing euphonium in the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while Aaron Eggen (BMus’18) has won a tuba position with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, Alberta. Both were students of adjunct professor Peder MacLellan.

In February, soprano Nicole Brooks (BMus’14, MMus’17) placed third in the Metropolitan Opera Northwest Regional Auditions. The auditions happened at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle. She also joined the Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda and Moh Faris Young Artists Program, alongside tenor Scott Rumble (MMus’18).

Nicole Linaksita (BSc/BMus’16) and Megan Thibeault (DMPS’18) are among the six finalists in the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Piano). The finals will be held April 19–21, 2019.

Spencer Britten

Spencer Britten

Tenor Spencer Britten (BMus'15, MMus'17) is currently part of the Opéra de Montréal’s Young Artists Program. This summer he will rejoin Glimmerglass Opera, travelling to Versailles to perform The Ghosts of Versailles alongside mezzo soprano Simran Claire (BMus'18, current MMus student). 

Pianist and educator Dr. Jelena Vladikovic (MMus’86) was named a Kawai Artist by Kawai Pianos.  

Soprano Simone Osborne (DMPS'09) is starring in the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust with the Vancouver Opera at Queen Elizabeth Theatre this April.

Benjamin Bolden (MMus’97) and Gerda Blok-Wilson (BMus’78) won awards at the Canadian Music Centre’s 2018 C/4 Canadian Choral Composition Contest. Bolden won second prize for Twilight, a work inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73. He was cited for his “consummate skill in creating harmonic interest and tension using only seven pitches was remarkable, as was his ability to find the deep, gloriously resonating chords unique to a male-voice choir.” Blok-Wilson won third prize for her composition based on “O Little Rose, O Dark Rose” by Canadian poet Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943). The judges described the work as “achingly beautiful.” Both also received Barbara Pentland Awards for Excellence.

Kathleen Allan (BMus'11) has been appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Amadeus Choir starting July 1, 2019.

Gamelan Bike Bike

Gamelan Bike Bike

Elisa Thorn (BMus'11) and Robyn Jacob (BMus’11 ) are the co-curators of Bitch Tapes, a biannual cassette mixtape of female artists from the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the mixtape is to celebrate womxn artists and form a community and coalition of artists who may otherwise feel underrepresented in their local independent music scenes. All proceeds to go the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre in Vancouver. Find the latest tape and more at www.bitchtapes.tumblr.com or www.facebook.com/btchtapes.

Robyn Jacob also co-founded Gamelan Bike Bike, a new 10-person ensemble that uses instruments created from old bike parts. The group is the subject of a new short film on the CBC Creator Network.

Anna Theodosakis (BMus’12, MMus’14) is a Toronto-based stage director and choreographer originally from Vancouver. Anna had a busy 2017–18 season, directing the Ensemble Showcase at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and The Tender Land at Opera Laurier; assistant-directing Arabella and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (COC); choreographing Of Thee I Sing and Don Giovanni (University of Toronto Opera), assistant-directing Briefs (Tapestry Opera), directing Haus Musik (Tafelmusik), and directing the premiere of Shot (Hamilton Philharmonic). Anna is a dramatic coach for the COC Ensemble Studio and teaches dance for U of T Opera. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild’s 2017 Career Development Grant. 

And finally, congratulations to viola player Jeffery Ho (BMus’16) and violinist Micki-Lee Smith (BMus’18) on being named to this year’s National Youth Orchestra. They will take up their residencies this June alongside six current UBC students.

A life dedicated to cultural exchange 

Over six decades, Tamako Copithorne has opened up a world of possibility for Canadian and Japanese students 

Tamako and Maurice Copithorne

Tamako and Maurice Copithorne

This March, students from Tokyo’s Keio University Choir and UBC’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program (BOMP) teamed up with Early Music Vancouver for a gorgeous performance of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostriat Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver. The groups performed the German composer’s 17th-century masterpiece to a large and enthusiastic audience. Among those in attendance was Keio University alumna and longtime UBC School of Music supporter Tamako Copithorne.

For Tamako, who helped to support this initiative, it was more than just a concert. It was the latest highlight in a passion project that goes back over sixty years.

“In 1955, I came to Canada for the first time as an exchange student from Japan to the University of British Columbia,” Tamako says. At the time, such programs were virtually unheard of. Tamako was among the first Japanese exchange students to study in Canada, and her experience at UBC  (and later the University of Toronto) was so compelling that she returned home determined to help pave the way for future students — Japanese and Canadian — and continue to build the relationship between Keio University and UBC.

Back at Keio University, she helped foster just such a program. “My role was to establish a long-lasting way for student exchanges between UBC and Keio,” Tamako says. She was thrilled to watch the program take off: “Over the next twelve years, many students from both universities took advantage of this, deepening mutual understanding.”

In fact, the program built on a much longer history of Japan-Canada cultural exchange that went as far back as the 1870s, when Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of Keio University, hosted the Canadian missionary Alexander Croft Shaw. The two men became good friends and colleagues and influenced one another’s thinking on education and the role of cultural exchange. Tamako was both thrilled and humbled to be part of such longstanding intercultural dialogue.  

Her experiences as a student were formative in another way: It was while at the first World University Service International Student Seminar held in Japan in 1955 that she met her future husband, Maurice Copithorne (BA’54, LLB’55, LLD’02). She went on to complete graduate work in Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at Yale. They married in 1965 and they lived in Ottawa and as a rotational foreign service family, posted and lived in to various countries, such as Iran, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Austria.

After her husband’s retirement from the Foreign Service, they returned to Vancouver, where Tamako worked as Director of Japanese Culture and Communication at Simon Fraser University’s David Lam Centre for International Communication, retiring in 2000. All the while, her passion for cultural exchange remained undimmed.

It was thanks to Tamako’s tireless efforts that this year’s BOMP-Keio University Choir-Early Music Vancouver collaboration possible. “With her long history of fostering Japanese-Canadian relations, Tamako was an essential part of making this project become a reality,” says Dr. Alexander Fisher, Acting Director of the School of Music. 

Together with her husband, Tamako also established the School of Music’s Kandler Scholarship. The Copithornes wanted to provide UBC School of Music students with similarly inspiring opportunities and established a scholarship to support study abroad. They named it in honour of friends Joseph and Melitta Kandler as a tribute to the Kandlers’ commitment to music and to fostering enduring cultural and economic ties between Canada and Austria where the Copithornes were once posted. Over the years many Keio students have visited UBC (and vice-versa), while the Kandler scholarship has enabled many UBC students to travel abroad for vital musical training.

Even now, Tamako feels an urgency about their mission: “Maurice and I benefitted so much by travelling to other countries and experiencing different cultures. That bridging is so important and it cannot be ignored,” she says.

Beyond the Gates: Performances in North America and Asia, a conducting residency, and choral music galore

Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li of the Piano and Erhu Project

Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li of the Piano and Erhu Project

Dr. Corey Hamm, Professor of Piano, won UBC’s Dorothy Somerset Award for excellence in performance. The award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to art, music, creative writing, theatre or film. With PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), Dr. Hamm and Nicole Ge Li premiered the full orchestra version of Dr. Dorothy Chang’s double concerto Gateways in Seattle with conductor Julia Tai and Philharmonia Northwest. He also embarked on several tours: a solo piano tour of Asia (Hong Kong, Chonburi, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing) with masterclasses and lectures, and a debut Atlantic tour with PEP. He performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in Minneapolis with conductor Yuri Ivan, gave three solo recitals with masterclasses in Alberta, and was the pianist for an educational outreach composition program with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble.

In March, Dr. Graeme Langager and the University Singers performed with famed soprano Sarah Brightman at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

Dr. Jonathan Girard conducting the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Jonathan Girard conducting the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Jonathan Girard, Director of Orchestral Activities, led the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in a concert in Kodak Hall in Rochester, New York in February.  The program included Poulenc’s Orchestral Suite from Les Animaux Modeles, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major (featuring Fantee Jones, piano), and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. The concert was the culmination of Dr. Girard’s residency as a visiting professor of conducting at Eastman, where he taught the graduate orchestral conducting students of Neil Varon.

Dr. Girard and Dr. Robert Taylor, Professor of Conducting and Ensembles, presented a special session at the College Band Directors National Association Conference. The session, titled “Maestro Media: Harnessing technology in the evolution of the 21st Century ensemble program,” highlighted the cutting-edge technology they are using with conducting courses and large ensembles at UBC.

In March and April, many different works by Dr. Stephen Chatman, Professor of Composition, were performed across North America. Highlights include the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus performance of Time Pieces in New York, Tapestry Choir and York Chamber Ensemble’s performance of Peace in Newmarket, Ontario, and a special performance of Proud Music of the Storm by the Chorale, an oratorio choir of 150 singers from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

New Recordings

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Prof. Mark Anderson released the fourth volume of his series devoted to the music of German-Dutch composer Julius Röntgen. The album spans fifty-five years of the composer’s lifetime, and includes Ballad, Op.6 written in 1873, when the composer was a teenager, and the Sonata in C-sharp minor from 1928. Available on Amazon and iTunes (US).

 
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MMus conducting student Jaelem Bhate (BMus’17) released his first album, On the Edge, with his group the Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra. The record includes his multi-movement “Pacific Suite,” along with works that blend the influences of his jazz heroes of Thad Jones, John Clayton, Bill Holman, and his mentor Fred Stride with his parallel study of Western Classical music. Perfoming on the album are some of Vancouver’s best jazz musicians, including Steve Kaldestad, Brent Mah, Michael Kim, and Duran Ritz. Available at CD Baby.

 

Farshid Samandari (MMus’07, DMA’14) released his new album Apogee on Redshift Records in 2018. The album features flutist and UBC alumnus Mark Takeshi McGregor (BMus’95, DMA’12) and other Vancouver music luminaries. From La Scena Musicale: “Over the course of 70 minutes, the performances are impeccable, rich in tone and dynamics, with welcome clarity and sonic precision. [Samandari] is a master of silence, resonance and a variety of instrumental techniques…. An inventive and musical discovery.” Available on iTunes and Spotify.

Research and Publications: Rossini, 'Repeated Borrowing,' and RRC residencies

Balinese composer Dewa Alit

Balinese composer Dewa Alit

The Rhythm Research Cluster (RRC) closed its initial funded period with two exciting residences that brought innovative Balinese composer Dewa Alit, and the popular music scholar Anne Danielsen, director of the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (Norwegian Centre of Excellence, Oslo) to the School of Music. Organized by Prof. Michael Tenzer, Alit’s residence culminated with a public performance at Western Front by School of Music students and alumni of works by Alit and others — including the world premiere of Alit’s RRC-commissioned work, “Simalakama.” During Danielsen’s residence, graduate students and faculty participated in a workshop on micro-rhythmic analysis; the residence closed with a Music Colloquium Series lecture on the impact of digitization on rhythm and groove in African-American popular music. 

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Prof. David Metzer published “Repeated Borrowing: The Case of ‘Es ist genug’” in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. The article explores “a group of songs that musicians have frequently taken up in creating new works, from the chanson ‘L’homme armé’ in Renaissance masses to ‘Apache’ in hip hop tracks… and provide[s] the first study of repeated borrowing and trace[s] it across centuries and genres.”

Prof. John Roeder published “Lines in Harmony: Types of Cooperation in Four Recent Chinese Compositions” (“和声中的声部线条:近期中国四部音乐作品中的声部协作类型” translated by Zheng Yan) in Music Research, the leading peer-reviewed academic journal of music theory in China. And, picking up on an item from the last issue of High Notes, Prof. Roeder’s keynote address to the Meter Symposium 3 in Sydney, Australia is now available to watch here. 

Dr. Brandon Konoval published a new article, "From Sexuality to Governmentality: The Oedipus Complex of Michel Foucault," in Modern Intellectual History. The article looks at how “Foucault's attention to classical texts—in particular the Oedipus Tyrannos of Sophocles and the Republic of Plato—thereby helped to clear a critical pathway through the conventional Marxism embraced by the “repressive hypothesis,” and to arrive at a Nietzschean genealogy of sexuality and power.”

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Rossini

Dr. Claudio Vellutini published a new essay, "Rossini's Operas in Vienna and the Politics of Translation, 1816-1822," in Gioachino Rossini 1868-2018, a new volume celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death (Pesaro, Italy: Fondazione Rossini, 2019). Dr. Vellutini also presented a paper on the composer, "Rossini's German Singers (Vienna, ca. 1817-1825)," at the international conference Beethoven und Rossini in ihrer Epoche organized by the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and the University for Music and Dance in Cologne. 

 

Catching Up with Our Students: Concerto Competition winners, NYO positions, and student leadership awards

Aydan Con and Dean Gage Averill

Aydan Con and Dean Gage Averill

In March, dual BMus/BSc student Aydan Con won the Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award for Contribution to the UBC Community and Beyond, for playing “a crucial role in two projects involving curricular redesign. Through these projects, [he] supported the introduction of new evaluation and teaching methods to deepen Music students’ connections to transferrable workplace skills, as well as evaluation of undergraduate student mental and physical wellbeing in relation to academic workload demands.” Aydan helped launch ChamberFest in February and also volunteered at the Downtown Eastside Saint James Music Academy and the Canadian Blood Services. This is the first time a UBC Music student has received the distinction. The award was given by Faculty of Arts Dean Gage Averill at the Dean’s Reception for Graduating Arts Student Leaders.

A number of School of Music students have won spots with the 2019 National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC). Congratulations to BMus students Jonathan López (clarinet), Katelynn Whittle (oboe), Jesse Guo (percussion), Nina Weber (viola), Alexander Knopp (violin), and Alexander Beggs (viola)! The NYOC Residency runs from June to August, with the orchestra embarking on a two-month tour across Canada and Spain.   

MMus conducting student Jaelem Bhate

MMus conducting student Jaelem Bhate

MMus conducting student Jaelem Bhate (BMus’17) was awarded the 2019 Nestor Korchinsky Student Leadership Award at the UBC Student Leadership Conference, in recognition for his work as a conductor (National Academy Orchestra, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Philharmonic), with the 45th Ave Jazz Band, and as a composer. Bhate also released his first album, On the Edge with the Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra in March.

 

DMA student Benjamin Hopkins advanced to the semi-finals of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition held this March in New York.

BMus students Nina Weber (viola), Markus Masaites (piano) and Jonathan Lopéz (clarinet) performing at the Friends of Chamber Music competition

In March, two School of Music chamber groups won prizes at the Friends of Chamber Music’s 65th Annual Young Musicians Competition. Genesis Trio, featuring BMus students Nina Weber, viola, Jonathan López, clarinet, and Marcus Masaites, piano, won co-First Prize in the Senior Group (up to age 26), for their performance of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 11, No. 3. Third Prize (and the Audience Prize) went to MMus students Carlos Savall-Guardiola, clarinet, Susie Jiwon Yoo (BMus’18), cello, and BMus student Ayunia Indri Saputro, piano. They performed Brahms’s Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114. The competition was adjudicated by Prof. Sara Laimon, Director of the McGill Conservatory of Music.

Concerto Competition winner D’Arcy Blunston (Photo: Takumi Hayashi)

Concerto Competition winner D’Arcy Blunston (Photo: Takumi Hayashi)

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2018–19 UBC Concerto Competition! Open to all School of Music students, the annual competition is an opportunity for young musicians to earn a coveted spot as a solo performer with the UBC Symphony Orchestra. This year’s winner was lyric soprano D’Arcy Blunston. She performed Britten’s Les Illuminations de Rimbaud, Op. 18. First runner-up was pianist Markus Masaites, who performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456. Second runner-up was pianist Yu-Hsien Lin. She performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54. D’Arcy will perform with the UBC Symphony Orchestra on April 6th at the Chan Centre.


UBC student Andrea Wong demonstrates CHIMIRA, a kind of interactive mixing board that combines LEGO Duplo, a webcam, and code

Kinesiology major and Music and Technology student Andrea Wong recently received one of six sound Place and Sound artist residencies from the Media Arts Committee, for her Applied Music Technology capstone project. Inspired by people who experience synaesthesia, Andrea designed an instrument that translates data associated with specific colours into sonic effects — which she has dubbed CHIMIRA (Colour-Hearing Interface + Motion-Image Relaying Apparatus). Andrea provided a simple example of how the instrument might work when it’s completed: “When CHIMIRA ‘sees’ a red object, this could trigger, say, bell sounds, and moving the red object up and down would cause the sounds to move up and down in pitch. This could be volume, amount of reverb, or any other aspect of sound that can be manipulated. Several red objects could create a denser, more rich texture of bells that, when moved, change in that processed aspect of their sound. There are countless combinations of audiovisual art this instrument can produce!” She will demonstrate the instrument at the UBC Bang! Festival on April 17th.

Winter 2019 concerts online

Catch up with our large and small ensembles online! Here are some of the recent concerts you can watch via our new Vimeo feed:

Debussy, Françaix, and John Luther Adams

UBC Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Girard, conductor
Featuring Carlos Savall-Guardiola, clarinet

Françaix Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 36
Debussy La Mer
John Luther Adams A Northern Suite


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UBC Symphonic Winds

Robert Taylor, conductor
Featuring Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet*

J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Luigi Bassi Rigoletto Fantasy*
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Stories

University Singers
Chamber Choir
UBC Choral Union

Graeme Langager, conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities

With guests
Demi Chao, Tiffany Chen, and Andrea Ciona, graduate student conductors

Eric Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs (featuring Eleanor Yu violin & Edward Park piano)
Graeme Langager I Will Lift Mine Eyes
Jen McMillan Don't Be Afraid
Music by Palestrina, Byrd, and Weelkes


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Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Winds

Featuring Valerie Whitney, horn
Larry Knopp, trumpet
Jeremy Berkman, trombone

Norman Dello Joio Scenes from the Louvre
Michael Markowski City Trees
Bruce Carlson Toledo
Clifton Williams Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta”
John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Michael Martin Hereafter Calls
H. Owen Reed La Fiesta Mexicana (includes a Mariachi band led by UBC Music students Jonathan Lopez and Matheus Moraes)


Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

UBC Symphony Orchestra

Jaelem Bhate and Zane Kistner graduate student conductors

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

For upcoming School of Music performances, check out our concert calendar.