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Welcome to the 2016/17 Music Mainstage Season

Elite music student ensembles, choirs, bands, the University Symphony Orchestra, faculty performers and vocalists, plus acclaimed international guest artists are featured in the Department of Music’s 2016/17 Mainstage Concert Season at the University of Alberta.

Classical music lovers from across campus and around Edmonton will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of exceptional concerts, both at Convocation Hall and at The Francis Winspear Centre for Music, featuring repertoire from the Baroque period to the Romantic period, chamber music to orchestral music, the première of new works to revisiting familiar masterworks, and everything in between.

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This Friday, September 23, at Convocation Hall, music lovers are in for a unique treat. Faculty members Allison Balcetis (saxophone) and Roger Admiral (piano) present a repertoire of contemporary pieces from Curto-Circuito de Música Contemporânea Brasil / Canada, a yearly workshop for young Brazilian composers that has seen the creation of more than 30 new pieces for saxophone and piano since 2014.

As co-founder of Curto-Circuito, internationally-recognized contemporary saxophonist, Allison Balcetis, aims to connect young composers to contemporary musicians with extensive performance experience on the international stage. Through concerts, workshops and master classes, the artistic and educational project seeks to broaden the exchange of new musical ideas between audience, performers and creators.

This concert, which stems from the 2014 and 2015 editions of Curto-Circuito, welcomes one of Canada’s leading pianists, Roger Admiral. Together, Allison and Roger will present a collection of new music written specifically for them — including Mind Under Matter, Linha de Sombra, H1N1 and The Sorrowful Mysteries — as well as North American premières of do livro dos seres imaginários, Nuvens, tátil and Caminho Anacoluto III.

The Gateway recently spoke to Allison Balcetis about what audiences can expect on Friday night.

The concert starts at 8 pm – get your tickets now and be sure to mark your calendars with the full season of exciting concerts coming up this season:

Alumni Weekend FREE Concert*
Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. | Convocation Hall
Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music, including Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, performed by elite music students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Symphony Orchestra.
*Please note: Day-of seats MAY be available but first access will be given to those who pre-register.

A Musical Feast
Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. | Convocation Hall
A musical celebration of food to nourish the body and soul. On the menu will be works of Bernstein, Porter, Barber, Schubert, Fauré and more! Performed by John Tessier, Elizabeth Turnbull, Sherry Steele, David Wilson and Shannon Hiebert.

Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. | Winspear Centre
A fast-paced, “flash of light” style presentation showcasing the Department of Music’s students and faculty, soloists and ensembles, improv and opera in an unforgettable delivery.

Schumann & Brahms
Sunday, November 27 at 8 p.m. | Convocation Hall
Experience beloved pieces of the chamber music repertory from the Romantic period. Performed by Gil Sharon (violin), Laura Veeze (viola), Rafael Hoekman (cello) and Patricia Tao (piano).

Le Passage du Temps: Music for Organ and Saxophone
Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m. | Convocation Hall
Featuring repertoire new and old, including the première of Le Passage du Temps by Edmonton composer Jacobus Kloppers. Performed by Marnie Giesbrecht (organ) and William H. Street (saxophone).

University of Alberta High School Honour Band Weekend
Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m. | Winspear Centre
The most talented high school students from across the province join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band to perform masterworks and cutting-edge music. Special Guest: Winner of the Department of Music Concerto Competition. Conductor: Dr. Angela Schroeder.

Varied Piano Solo Music: From Obscure Gems to Recognized Masterpieces
Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m. | Convocation Hall
A very personal and out of the ordinary program of works by Kraus, Beethoven and Debussy. Performed by Jacques Després.

Shadows and Light
Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. | Winspear Centre
A musical reflection on the contrasting themes of grief and healing, joy and pain, light and darkness. Performed by Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and guest Lindsey Goodman (flute).

U of A Symphony Orchestra: Free But Happy
Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. | Winspear Centre
Expanding on Brahms’ personal musical motto, Symphony No. 3 is an artistic tour de force. Marquez’s Danzón No. 2, a Latin flavoured musical firecracker, concludes this exciting USO event. Conductor: Petar Dundjerski.

Tickets for all Mainstage concerts are $20 Adult and $10 Student & Senior, and can be purchased at the door (cash only) or online at

Flex passes are also available for purchase for $60 (six concert tickets redeemable in any combination at any of the 2016/17 Mainstage Concerts at Convocation Hall and The Winspear Centre).

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