Before you know it, Western's 2016 Reunion Weekend will be here - September 30 – October 2, 2016. We hope you can join us! The Don Wright Faculty of Music will Alumni Concert will feature an Alumni Choir, conducted by Joan Andrews (Class of 1966), and the Faculty Brass Quintet (Musica Quinta).
Registration for the Reunion Weekend Alumni Concert is open!
You can sign up as a choir or audience member.
Update - Professor Don McKellar: The Reunion Weekend Alumni Concert will be dedicated in memory of Don McKellar who passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Alumni and guests are invited to attend the concert, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 1, in von Kuster Hall, Don Wright Faculty of Music. Registration to participate in the choir (alumni) and audience (alumni and their guests) is requested. Other tributes will be planned as the year unfolds.
12:30 p.m. Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series (von Kuster Hall, Music Building) - free admission, no registration required
Double-Double Duo: Kornel Wolak, clarinet/piano; Michael Bridge, accordions/piano: 'The best of new, young 'classical' musicians… bringing their intellect, expertise, talent and just plain fun to a new 21st century audience' (Barrie Examiner). Double-Double Duo uniquely fuses classical, jazz and world music in a dynamic and engaging show.
5:30 p.m. Alumni Awards Dinner (The Great Hall, Somerville House) - pre-registration required
This year's Don Wright Faculty of Music Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipients are Thérèse Gadoury, BA’73 (Honors Music) and Kevin McMillan, BMus’83.
5:00 p.m. – Post-concert Reception - free for all performers and audience members.
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for your reunion!
This year's Homecoming gathered together our Music alumni, faculty, staff and students for a number of wonderful events during our last weekend of September 2016.
On Thursday evening we kicked off our Homecoming Celebration with a Concert by Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning baroque orchestra. Friday brought us two events: our first Fridays @ 12:30 faculty concert of the year featuring Patricia Green, voice; Anne Thompson, flute; and percussionist Jayden Beaudoin, Western grad; and Friday evening, our annual Alumni Awards Dinner where we celebrated the recipients of this years' Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards: Tomson Highway, BMus'75, DMus'93; and Brenda Zadorsky, BMus'74, Dip Ed'75. Throughout the day Saturday, we came together in music to rehearse for our 2nd annual Alumi band and choir concert which we gave Saturday evening, followed by a reception. On Sunday afternoon we were graced with a Faculty Concert featuring seventeen of our esteemed faculty members performing works by: Luciano Berio, Bohuslav Martinu and Francis Poulenc.
15,000 Western alumni, beautiful fall weather, a Mustangs triumph over the Toronto Varsity Blues on the football field, and more than 30 events campus-wide combined to make Homecoming 2014 a weekend to remember.
Music alumni, faculty, staff and students attended a number of events over the weekend. On Friday we celebrated with Cameron Porter, BMus ’80, and Raymond Tizzard, BMus ’77, MMus ’82, as they received the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards. Family, friends and colleagues were on hand to applaud their achievements. Saturday brought over 70 musicians together to sing and play at our first ever Homecoming Concert – one which we hope builds into a Music Homecoming tradition. And, on Sunday we once again opened our doors to a cross-faculty panel event hosted by CBC’s Paul Kennedy, who led a discussion that explored the value of a university degree.
Check out the Saturday Choir and Band performance videos and Flickr Group photos below.
Please click on the photo or here to view Music Homecoming photos on Flickr!