UBC Opera Ensemble opened season with Massenete's stunning opera, Manon. Rosemary Thomson, Conductor
Nancy Hermiston, Director | Members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra | Nov 5 - 8, UBC Old Auditorium.
UBC alumna to conduct Vancouver Academy Symphony
Excerpt from The Ubyssey By Emilie Kneifel Symphony orchestra concerts are unique in that they are one of the few musical performances lacking an accompanying dance – no flailing lead singers nor leaping ballerinas. Throughout the show one person remains standing, treading in a sea of string, brass, woodwind and percussion. This individual moves in […]
UBC Symphony Orchestra Perform Verdi, Haydn, Hamel and Shostakovich
Excerpt from the Ubyssey by Samuel Du Bois The theme this season is ninth symphonies and, as such, the latest performance by UBC’s own Symphony Orchestra ended triumphantly with Dmitri Shostakovich’s energetic No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70 — an immensely entertaining and slightly sardonic celebration of the Soviet victory over the Germans at the […]
UBC Music Students Carter Johnson and Nicole Linaksita compete at OSM Competition
UBC Music Students Carter Johnson and Nicole Linaksita will compete in the finals for the 2015 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) Manulife Competition for PIANO & PERCUSSION | Piano Class A category The 2015 OSM Manulife Competition will be held from November 17 to 21, in Montreal. Good luck Carter and Nicole! Links OSM Manulife […]
Review: Manon is rich, striking and intense
Excerpt from Ubyssey by Olivia Law An “opera-comique” that ends in deportation and death — only in opera. Manon is a 19th-century French opera by Jules Massenet, performed by the UBC Opera Ensemble and Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Rosemary Thomson and directed by Nancy Hermiston. It tells the tale of Manon, a young girl […]
UBC Choirs sing Journeys of Music and Dance
Excerpt from article in the Ubyssey by Andrea Dsouza On October 30, UBC Choirs put on a performance with the theme “Journeys of Music and Dance.” This was the first time that tickets have been priced for UBC concerts. However, this didn’t keep the friends and family of performers away. The night started off with the […]
UBC Opera at MONCA Auditions!
UBC was well represented at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (@MONCAuditions)! Congrats to our UBC Opera student Geoff Schellenberg and alumna Laura Widgett, who now move on to Seattle!
Opera welcomes back esteemed performer from the Met in Manon
Excerpt from Ubyssey by Olivia Law “Sex and murder is basically how we communicate in opera,” said Philippe Castagner, who will be singing the role of Le Chevalier des Grieux in UBC Opera’s production of Manon. Manon begins with the Chevalier who meets and falls passionately in love with Manon Lescaut — an innocent, but […]
Gene Ramsbottom honoured at Funds for the Arts on the North Shore
Fund for the Arts on the North Shore honours clarinetest and UBC Music Sessional Lecturer Gene Ramsbottom this year at their 2015 Tribute to the Arts awards on Friday November 6 at the Griffin Arts Projects Gallery. Link for more information http://nsfans.ca/tribute-to-the-arts/
UBC Opera opens season with spectacular production of Massenet’s Manon November 5 – 8, 2015
Media Advisory October 28, 2015 Media Contact: Miles Linklater 604-999-8960 | firstname.lastname@example.org UBC Opera joined by Conductor Rosemary Thomson, and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for a Spectacular Production of Massenet’s Manon November 5 – 8, 2015 Vancouver, BC – The UBC Opera Ensemble is thrilled to announce that Rosemary Thomson, Music Director of […]
De Profundis: A Wildean musical journey through Reading Gaol
Excerpt from article in The Ubyssey By Olivia Law De Profundis, the letter from Wilde to Douglas, not only addresses specific points in their relationship, but Wilde’s own downfall, his suffering in prison and the injustice of the situation. The School of Music is putting on a performance of Frederic Rzewski’s composition – a set […]
Sara Davis Buechner: “MEET THE METS”
Hey Mets fans! UBC Music’s Sara Davis Buechner offers her version of the classic New York Mets baseball theme “Meet the Mets”. From Buechner’s You Tube page: “Many baseball teams have theme songs, but none is as clever or catchy as “Meet the Mets,” composed in 1962 by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz. The song celebrates […]
Global TV talks to Nancy Hermiston and Simone Osborne about Rigoletto.
Homecoming for Vancouver opera star UBC Opera Alumna Simone Osborne and UBC Director of Opera, Nancy Hermiston talk to Global TV about working together again in Vancouver Opera‘s production of Rigoletto. Opens this Saturday, September 27! Your browser does not support frames. Click here to view the frameless video..
WATCH: Choir Practice the documentary by the Canadian Music Centre
Check out the Canadian Music Centre‘s documentary about the making of Choir Practice – The Opera with UBC Opera. Featuring interviews with members of the UBC Opera Ensemble, Sheldon Baxter and Charlotte Beglinger, director Nancy Hermiston, conductor Jonathan Girard, composer Stephen Chatman and librettist Tara Wohlberg.
Terence Dawson (piano) performs Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis
Below is Dr. Terence Dawson’s performance of Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis (1992). Dr. Dawson is Chair of the Keyboard Division at the UBC School of Music. Read more about Dr. Terence Dawson here. De Profundis has been described as a ‘melodramatic oratorio’, in which the pianist recites text consisting of portions of Oscar Wilde’s letter (De […]
WATCH Choir Practice – The Opera
Enjoy the UBC Opera Ensemble with Jonathan Girard conductor and members of the UBC Symphony Orchestra in Choir Practice, recorded by the Canadian Music Centre. Choir Practice, a fresh, contemporary opera by librettist Tara Wohlberg and composer Stephen Chatman. An unlikely cast of misfits promises to take audiences on an entertaining ride through a choir rehearsal. From […]
UBC Symphony Orchestra Mahler No. 2 “Resurrection”
UBC Symphony Orchestra and UBC Choirs perform Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 under Jonathan Girard at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – Fri. April 10 & Sat. April 11 @8:00 PM. Get your tickets before they are gone! http://tickets.ubc.ca Video below: Jonathan Girard (conductor) Billie Smith (co-concertmaster), Charles Cayer (principal cello) and Katharine Sheerer (bassoon) talk about […]
What are you working on Jonathan Girard?
As part of UBC’s “What are you working on?” web series, Dr. Jonathan Girard, Director of UBC Symphony Orchestra, gives us a glimpse into the work of a conductor and the elements of performance that fuel his passion for music. Links: UBC.ca: What are you working on? Jonathan Girard’s Bio UBC Symphony Orchestra
Riding the wave of baroque music
video platform video management video solutionsvideo player By Michelle Keong Nearly every major city in North America and Europe is home to a baroque orchestra. Organizations including Toronto’s Tafelmusik, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque have become major players in their respective cultural scenes. Recognizing the chance to provide students with […]
Celebrating Generosity: New Yamaha Grand Pianos
The School of Music is delighted to announce the acquisition of two new Yamaha C3X pianos from Tom Lee Music, recently installed in the studios of Dr. Sara Davis Buechner and Dr. Corey Hamm. Top-quality instruments ensure the highest level of performance training and the outstanding technical and artistic characteristics of these Yamaha pianos will […]