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.
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.
Schulich Professor Emeritus 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.