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A Celebration of Music by Black Composers III

Friday, November 19, 2021 • 7:30 PM • Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

A Celebration of Music by Black Composers III features the UCalgary String Quartet and the newly appointed University of Calgary, Piano faculty member, Dr. Jani Parsons. This concert is the third concert in a series which features music by Black composers. The series was initiated in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.The featured composers in this concert are the Jamaican composer Eleanor Alberga, the English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the American composer William Grant Still.

Programme:

William Grant Still – Incidental music from The Prince and the Mermaid for string quartet

Eleanor Alberga – String Quartet No. 2 (1994)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Quintet in G Minor for Piano and Strings (1893)

Trio Regard Persan

Saturday, January 29, 2022 • 7:30 PM • Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

Pooria Pournazeri, tanbour
Saeed Kamjoo, gheychak and kamancheh
Ziya Tabassian, percussion

Founded by three Irano-Canadian musicians living in Montreal, Trio Regard Persan is an innovative musical ensemble in which each member explores a new sound of Persian music through their respective instruments. 

This concert is funded by Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Prairie Debut.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 • 7:30 P.M. • Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

Meet pianist Jani Parsons, the newest faculty member of the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Praised for her “combination of tenderness and vivacious energy” (San Francisco Chronical) and “sheer virtuosity” (LA Splash), Canadian pianist Jani Parsons has established herself as a musician of warmth, brilliance, versatility, and vivid expression. An active soloist and chamber musician, Jani is a founding member and executive director of Latitude 49, a mixed chamber ensemble recently in residence at Princeton University and the pianist of the Lumina Duo alongside oboist Merideth Hite Estévez.

As an avid performer and supporter of living composers, Jani has worked directly with many composers and has premiered upwards of eighty new solo and chamber works. A sought-after chamber musician, Jani has appeared with the Pittsburg New Music Ensemble, members of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Blackbird, and New Music Detroit as well as members of the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

Duo Beija-Flor - Flute & Guitar

Friday, April 22, 2022 • 7:30 P.M. • Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

Marie-Noëlle Choquette, Flute
Charles Hobson, guitar

With its unique brand of ethno-classical music, Duo Beija-Flor is a flute and guitar pairing presenting a varied repertoire of works inspired by traditional and folkloric music found around the world.

This concert is funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Prairie Debut.