The UBC School of Music announces our 2017–2018 season, featuring exciting performances and special events by our ensembles, faculty, and guest artists.
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A big birthday year for UBC Music Professor Emeritus Robert Silverman. The School helps him mark this milestone year with three wonderful events: as concerto soloist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra November 10, as recital soloist in the Wednesday Noon Hour series on February 28, and the founding of The Robert and Ellen Silverman Piano Concerto Competition at UBC. The inaugural competition will be held on March 2, 2018.
In 1947, the first academic courses were offered in the new Department of Music. Soon after, Harry Adaskin and Frances Marr started giving concerts on Wednesdays at noon.
The Music Building opened in 1967. Our Wednesday Noon Hour series celebrates this anniversary with a special season launch concert on September 20, featuring performances by Terence Dawson piano, Eric Wilson, Laine Longton, and Oskar Falta cello, with chamber orchestra.
The Chan Centre is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a special season of concerts, including a performance by UBC Opera Ensemble: Celebrating 20 years of UBC Opera at the Chan Centre on April 3.
Special Guests and New Faces
Special guest UBC President Prof. Santa J. Ono joins UBC Symphony Orchestra as a narrator for Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, under the baton of conductor Jonathan Girard on December 2. The concert also includes works by Poulenc and Stravinsky.
New UBC School of Music faculty member Jose Franch-Ballester will be featured as concerto soloist with UBC Bands in February, featured in the Music on the Point concert in a Mozart quintet with the Borealis String Quartet on October 20, and in a Wednesday Noon Hour concert on January 31.
On March 31, UBC Choirs and UBC Symphony Orchestra perform Bach's masterpiece St John Passion, conducted by Graeme Langager with guest Derek Chester as the Evangelist.