2016/2017 SEASON

Emerging and established artists. Old favourites and new works.
The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western offers you the best musical experience. International guest artists, faculty members, students and alumni take the stage the Paul Davenport Theatre, First-St. Andrew's United Church and New St. James Presbyterian Church to bring you a range of music to suit your taste.

For a complete listing of all events, including an additional 300+ free concerts, performances and recitals, please visit www.music.uwo.ca/events.


"The Language of Lute's Mysterie" with Lucas Harris and Wilma van Berkel, 6, 7 and 8 course Renaissance lutes BUY NOW
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00pm (von Kuster Hall)

“No Language is of greater Force to me, than is the Language of Lute's Mysterie" (Thomas Mace, 1676). Lucas Harris and Wilma van Berkel* present a choice of Italian and English Renaissance music played on copies of historical instruments.

*Western University faculty member


Parsons and Poole featuring internationally-acclaimed pianist John O'Conor 
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00pm (Paul Davenport Theatre)

It has become October’s hot ticket in London: the Parsons and Poole Legacy Concert. Created by alumni to honour Margaret Parsons and Clifford Poole, the Friday concert and Saturday masterclass brings world-class musicianship to Western’s campus. This year, the Don Wright Faculty of Music is pleased to welcome internationally-acclaimed pianist John O'Conor, Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, as the guest artist.

For complete event details, visit: music.uwo.ca/events/parsons-poole.html

Choral Celebration
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30pm (First St Andrew's United Church)

This annual event features Western’s four outstanding choirs (Western University Singers, Les Choristes, Chorale, and St. Cecilia Singers) in a program of varied and exciting choral music.

To learn more about the choirs, visit: www.music.uwo.ca/ensembles

Favourite Scenes from Opera and Musical Theatre 
Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Paul Davenport Theatre)

An evening of operatic and musical theatre favourites starring some amazing talent from the Western Opera program. An evening not to be missed. To learn more about opera events at Western University, visit: www.music.uwo.ca/events/opera.html

Conductor & Head Coach: Simone Luti
Director: Theodore Baerg

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi 
Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, 2016 (Paul Davenport Theatre)

Tragedy and comedy in one evening by one of opera’s greatest composers, Giacomo Puccini. Two one-act operas that are sure to make you cry and then laugh for joy. Performed in original Italian with English Surtitles™.

To learn more about opera events at Western University, visit: www.music.uwo.ca/events/opera.html

Conductor: Simone Luti
Director: Tom Diamond

Les Choristes and Chorale - Sure on This Shining Night
Friday, December 2, 2016 (New St. James Presbyterian Church)

Join choirs Les Choristes and Chorale for an intimate evening of choral music for the season with special guest Harpist Kathleen Gahagan. Featured works include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Kirke Mechem’s The Seven Joys of Christmas!

To learn more about the choirs, visit: www.music.uwo.ca/ensembles

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Friday, January 27 to Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Paul Davenport Theatre)

W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is the perfect family opera. Full of fun and fantasy it is one of the most performed and beloved of all operas. Sung in original German with dialogue and Surtitles™ in English.

Conductor: Tyrone Paterson
Director: Theodore Baerg

Studies in Motion 2017 
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00pm (Paul Davenport Theatre)

This showcase of student compositions is a representation of the accomplishments of the students in the Dance Minor program at Western resulting from creative challenges explored in their dance courses.  Space, time, energy and shape - the four basic elements of dance - emerge in unique movement solutions through the creative process.

To learn more about Dance at Western, visit www.music.uwo.ca/departments/music-education/dance.html

Les Choristes and Chorale - Fishing By the Light of the Ancestors
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm (New St James Presbyterian Church)

In celebration of Canada 150! Join Les Choristes and Chorale and guests for program of contemporary settings of folk songs which honour Canada’s cultural diversity. This event is a culmination of a week-long residency with world music singer, Allison Girvan, soprano, of Nelson B.C.

To learn more about the choirs, visit: www.music.uwo.ca/ensembles