Faculty of Music


March Research News
Sharon Wei:
The following is a list of performances that Sharon has coming up as part of her research:
May 25-June 9 
Scotiafestival (7 concerts including concerto, chamber music. Coaching and giving masterclasses for the Young Artists Program) 
June 15-30th
Performing with Ensemble Matheus in Dortmund, Germany. Rossini's Italian in Algiers with Cecilia Bartoli
http://ceciliabartolionline.com/concerts/, http://www.ensemble-matheus.fr
July 9th-12th 
Performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Stanford Summer Orchestra and Stanford Youth Orchestra. Coaching the Youth Orchestra
July 13-20th
Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia
Co-head of the string faculty teaching and performing at the festival
July 27th-August 1
Ottawa Chamberfest
Concerts with Ensemble Made in Canada and other celebrated Canadian musicians
August 3-10
Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound
Concert with Ensemble Made in Canada and other chamber musicians
August 11-13
Recording music of John Burge (Queen's University Professory)
Recording is being funded by FACTOR, Queen's and the Canada Council for the Arts
August 15th-31st
Salzburg Festival
Rossini's La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli and Ensemble Matheus
Gerald Neufeld:

The Western University Singers were guests of the Guelph Chamber Choir performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah together with an orchestra of period instruments and a roster of outstanding soloists on March 22, 2014, in Guelph’s River Run Centre.  This was the first performance in Canada of a 19th century oratorio with an orchestra using replicas of instruments employed by Mendelssohn in the first performance in 1846.  Instruments included horns with crooks (to accommodate various harmonic keys), an ophicleide (precursor of the tuba), brass and wood wind instruments with a softer, mellower tones than modern instruments and stringed instruments using gut strings instead of steel strings.  The overall effect was to create a better blend and balance with the choir and soloists than is generally possible with modern instruments.  Specialist in period instruments who have a broad understanding of historical performance practices enhanced the drama and expressive qualities of the performance.  Soloist Dan Lichti gave a dramatic performance of Elijah, the main character in the oratorio.  Other soloists included Sophie Roland (mezzo soprano), chair of the Performance Department at Western, Anne Marie Ramos (soprano) , a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Chris Fischer (tenor) and Emily Bird (youth), a fourth year student at the Faculty of Music.