In the News
Read about the UBC School of Music faculty, students, and alumni who are making headlines.
Link | "The performance will feature the songs, styles and cultures of 200 diverse voices from eight choirs, four soloists and an ensemble of Indigenous performers, culminating in the performance of an original composition from Juno Award-nominated string player Cris Derksen”
Link | A Month of Tuesdays At the Fox Cabaret from April 2 to 30… Music on Main… Emerge on Main on April 23, featuring uncategorizable artists-to-watch Matthew Ariaratnam, Julia Chien, and Alex Mah.
Link | “The sole Canadian musician featured on the album is Cris Derksen, a Cree and Mennonite cellist and composer from northern Alberta. The album includes her song Home on Native Land from her second album The Collapse.”
Link | Written centuries apart, a common thread of themes or artists touched by mental illness weaves through all four pieces being performed […] Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock’s Juno Award-winning “My Name is Amanda Todd,” written in response to a 15-year-old cyberbullying victim’s suicide in 2012.
Link | Joe Ivany directs a new production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” starring Emily Fons and Simone Osborne in the title roles.
Link | UBC’s opera team is able to both stay true to the original while also continuing to bring on the giggles
Link | "We have a double concerto that [Vancouver-born] James Maxwell is writing for us, commissioned by Turning Point, that we’ll be premiering next November in Vancouver…”
Link | Ben Heppner is considered one of the most talented tenors of his generation, known for his ability to nail notoriously difficult roles.
Link | The recorded musical score by Cris Derksen (mixed Cree Nation) features Pura Fé (Tuscarora and Taino Nations), Ngahuia Murphy(Ngati Manawa, Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, Tuhoe, Ngati Kahungunu, New Zealand), Semiah Smith (Kahnyen'kehàka Nation/Mohawk Nation), and others for an international Indigenous women's emotive landscape where Lightning Woman, Mother of Mothers, and Clay Woman come to tell their story, gather strength and activate power
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