Music in the News news
Nominations for Canada's top music prize, the Junos, were announced last week. Schulich and McGill grads & faculty factor into 22 nominations:
A valued member of the Schulich School of Music since 2007, Professor Mark Fewer was recently named a William Dawson Scholar, an award which recognizes a faculty member's outstanding and original contributions as well as their world-class caliber. Fewer is a highly-regarded soloist and chamber musician, whose performances of both classical and jazz have been described as “genre-bending”. He has appeared widely in North America and also abroad throughout Europe, Australia, and the Far East.
Description: EDEA 472 students in their final semester of their Music Education degree are combining with volunteer members from the New Horizons Montreal Band, a intergenerational concert band now in their second year of operation. The seniors are learning how to play band instruments (most are in their 2nd year of this process), and the McGill Students are learning to become teachers.
The Schulich School of Music is thrilled to announce the appointment of legendary Canadian tenor Ben Heppner to the voice faculty of the Schulich School of Music for the academic year 2015-16. One of Canada’s greatest artists, Mr. Heppner has received acclaim on the world’s most prestigious opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, and the Vienna State Opera. Mr. Heppner will teach over a dozen voice students and contribute immensely to the rich and dynamic life of the Voice Area at the School.
Professor Fabrice Marandola is interviewed by Le Devoir in a special section dedicated to the grand opening of Le Vivier at his new address, the 'Gesù-Centre de création' in Montreal. Le Vivier comprises 34 music ensembles and organisations dedicated to new music. Fabrice Marandola has been the President of the Board of Directors since last fall. Read the full article here.
The live@CIRMMT concert, "De souffles et de machines" performed by the Quasar saxophone quartet, has been selected as a finalist for a 30th Grand Prix du Counseil des arts de Montréal.
Next season look for the participation of several Schulich alumni in different productions at the Canadian Opera Company. In October 2015 the COC will present the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe, written by composer Barbara Monk Feldman. The work is inspired by the beauty, light, and colour of her native Gaspé Peninsula and is a timeless story of star-crossed lovers. In February 2016 Jordan de Souza will conduct two performances of the Canadian Opera Company's production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Professor Stephen McAdams has received extensive media coverage for his recent research which explores the physiological response to music in two completely different populations
Working with researchers from the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of Montreal, Prof. McAdams compared reactions to various pieces of music from two groups of people: 40 Mbenzélé Pygmies in the Congolese rainforest and 40 Canadians in Montreal. “The emotional diversity of music depends on who we are, what we’ve experienced and who we identify with — that’s the most exciting part of music,” McAdams says. Further reading can be found in these articles:
Schulich Professor alcides lanza, pianist, conductor and composer is the winner of the XIII Prize Tomás Luis de Victoria 2014, offered by the SGAE Foundation in Madrid. This prize recognizes his substantial contribution to the enrichment of the musical life of the Ibero-American people. It also recognizes lanza's distinguished career as a composer and pedagogue.
The Schulich School of Music congratulates former Dean of Music, Professor John Grew, alumni Jens Lindemann (BMus’88), and Faculty Advisory Board Member Joan Ivory (BA’54) on their being named among the 95 newest appointees to the Order of Canada named December 26th, 2014. The honour, established in 1967 by the Queen, recognizes contributions to Canada; its motto, desiderantes meliorem patriam means "they desire a better country." Appointees are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council headed by Canada's Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Prof. Dominique Labelle's performance in the Philharmonia Baroque’s concert performance of Handel’s “Teseo” at Alice Tully Hall was featured in the New York Times as one of the funniest classical music performances of 2014. Read more here.
The McGill Symphony Orchestra with conductor Alexis Hauser and soprano soloist Jane Archibald performed to an appreciative audience which included members of the Franz Paul Decker family and Mrs. Catherine Thornhill Steele, in whose honour the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund is named. The first review to appear (in Le Devoir) remarks on the quality of the program the of the conductor, soloist and orchestra. Read the reviews:
Following the recent cross-country tour of Génération2014, a series of concerts produced by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), Mr. Anthony Tan won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize for his composition entitled Ksana II, which received its world premiere performance in Banff on November 6, 2014. Mr Tan is in the PhD program (composition), jointly supervised by Profs. John Rea and Stephen McAdams.