Creative and Performing Arts 2023-24 Season

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University of Calgary SCPA Dance 2023-24 Season

Dance at Night 2022

Tim Nguyen

PRO SERIES I – isn’t it there & the flowing

Oriah Wiersma (Toronto) and He Jin Jang (Seoul) self-perform their own recent solo choreographic works.
SEPTEMBER 22 &23 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $22/$17

TransFoRM

An evening program featuring choreographers Mario Obeid and Zaria Rajha, Rufi Oswaldo, and Roma Thakore. 
NOVEMBER 24 & 25 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $22/$17

MorFlix

Dance film screenings and digital storytellings from UCalgary students, alumni, staff and faculty.
DECEMBER 1 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $14/$11

DANCE@NOON

Dance@Noon presents the live performance of students at all levels in the dance program.
DECEMBER 4–6 • 12:00 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • FREE

PRO SERIES II – JUST BREATHE, OKÂWÎMÂWASKIY

More info to come.
JANUARY 19 & 20 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $22/$17

MAINSTAGE DANCE

Mainstage Dance presents the works of professional choreographers performed by UCalgary Dance Majors.
MARCH 14–16 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $22/$17

DANCE@NIGHT

Dance@Night presents the choreographic and directorial work of senior level Dance Majors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at UCalgary.
APRIL 5 & 6 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $14/$11

University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Division of Drama, 2023-24 Season

Tim Nguyen

LAWS of ATTRACTION

Love and desire
Hope and despair
... and the irrefutable forces that MOVE US

 

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Set in 16th-century London, upstart playwright William Shakespeare battles with writer's block and discovers unexpected inspiration in the irrepressible pull of a forbidden romance. This award-winning play is a love-letter to the theater and a refreshing and hilarious portrayal of Shakespeare's life and art.
Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard – Directed by MFA Candidate Steven Conde
NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 2 • REEVE THEATRE • $22/$17

LIGHTS OUT

What does it take to move in a world beset by paralysis? What might a movement look, sound and feel like if, against all odds, it flexes its muscles and finds its voice? With the planet on fire, in a vacuum of corporate responsibility and political will, Lights Out is an embodied search for answers to these questions—a defiant celebration of collective movement and sound in the face of an uncertain future.
Created by the Ensemble – Conceived and Directed by Bruce Barton in collaboration with Beth Kates, Christopher Sies, Heather Ware, Jean-Louis Bleau and Laura Hynes
FEBRUARY 9-17 • REEVE THEATRE • $22/$17

MAGNETIC BODIES

Imagine a body producing a magnetic field - invisible and powerful. How can we, as magnetic beings co-exist in a polarized society? Attraction, repulsion and their sphere of influence will be explored in this dynamic series of new works by UCalgary Drama students in collaboration with Downstage Theatre. 
Co-Production with Downstage Theatre
APRIL 5-7 • MOTEL THEATRE, ARTS COMMONS • Tickets TBC

University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Division of Music, 2023-43 Season

Tim Nguyen

Faculty and Friends Concert Series

The Faculty and Friends Concert Series highlights our talented music faculty, along with established local and international musicians.

GERTRUDE STEIN SHENANIGANS

World premiere by William Jordan, featuring Laura Hynes (soprano) and Sandra Joy Friesen (piano). The concert features Eric Satie’s Ludions from 1923 as a companion to the premiere performance of William Jordan’s Gertrude Stein Shenanigans, featuring Laura Hynes (coloratura) and Sandra Joy Friesen (piano). Composed in 2018 for Hynes, the Shenanigans consists of thirteen concert arias with texts drawn from Stein’s Stanzas in Meditation, as well as her The Geographical History of America
SEPTEMBER 23 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

SLAVKO AND FRIENDS

Get ready for a special musical evening as Calgary Philharmonic's Principal Clarinetist, Slavko Popovic, the School of Creative and Performing Arts' Professor of Violin, Edmond Agopian, and the collaborative pianist Claire Stevens take the stage together. This unique concert promises an unforgettable night filled with world-class performances and distinctive musical styles of Polish composer Lutosławski, Hungarian composer Bartók, and more.
OCTOBER 21 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC BY LATIN AMERICAN COMPOSERS

The University of Calgary String Quartet spotlights the masterful compositions from distinguished Latin American composers, featuring the works of Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Silvestre Revueltas, and Julian Orbon.
NOVEMBER 7 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

THE GHOSTS OF INSPIRATION

An evening of solo repertoire featuring pianist Daria Rabotkina. This concert will explore works written during the "tender" and difficult periods in composers' lives.
JANUARY 27 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

LATE LISZT MASTERPIECES

Join pianist Charles Foreman in an evening dedicated to an all-Liszt programme. The concert will showcase some of Liszt's later masterpieces, including the Variations on a Theme by Bach and Années des Pèlerinage, Vol. III.
FEBRUARY 17 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

MAGNITUDE

Join us for "Magnitude", where saxophonist Jeremy Brown, guitarist Joe Morris, double bassist Rob Oxoby, and percussionist Chris Dadge merge their genius in a one-of-a-kind improvisation concert. Experience a collision of talents, forging unparalleled sonic landscapes that redefine musical boundaries.
MARCH 23 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS - UCALGARY STRING QUARTET

Immerse yourself in a captivating musical journey, where we shine a spotlight on the remarkable compositions by women composers. The UCalgary String Quartet showcases the exquisite works of Laura Valborg Aulin, Joan Tower, Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum and the timeless melodies of Fanny Mendelssohn. 
APRIL 19 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11


Monday Night Jazz Series

Our popular Monday Night Jazz Series features local, Canadian and international jazz artists perform a variety of jazz styles.

HUU BAC QUINTET

East meets West in an intriguing musical dialogue weaving contemporary jazz performance with the sounds and musical traditions of Peru, China and Vietnam. This is jazz with an eclectic twist, as contrasting musical traditions intertwine in a seamless listening experience.
NOVEMBER 6 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $26/$19

SAXOPHONE SUMMIT WITH THE UCALGARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The Saxophone Summit presents saxophonists Jeremy Brown, Holly DeCaigny, Mark DeJong, Gerry Hebert, Keith O'Rourke, and Nathan Waters with the UCalgary Jazz Orchestra.
FEBRUARY 5 • 7:30 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $26/$19

FACULTY CHAMBER JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Get ready for a musical journey where the brilliant stars of SCPA's faculty and sessional members join in a harmonious fusion of talent. Led by Jeremy Brown on saxophone, this exceptional ensemble includes Rod Squance on vibraphone, Kodi Hutchingson on bass, Tyler Hornby on drums, Neil McVey on guitar, Jon Day on piano, and André Wickenheiser on trumpet. 
APRIL 8 • 8 PM • UNIVERSITY THEATRE • $26/$19


+ Special Events

ASCENDING - KEVIN CHEN IN CONCERT

Acclaimed pianist Kevin Chen returns to Calgary for a solo piano recital.
SEPTEMBER 27 • PRE-CONCERT TALK: 6:15 PM, CONCERT: 7 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $25 - $110

2023 E-GRE WINNER'S TOUR

Toronto-based soprano, McKenzie Warriner presents a program of contemporary repertoire.
NOVEMBER 1 • 12 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • FREE

VENUS & ADONIS... AND THE REST OF US

Bask in the pleasures and perils of passion, brought to life in glorious music and song. This tiny jewel of an English-language chamber opera features Venus, the goddess of love herself, her mortal boy toy Adonis, her trouble-making son Cupid, and a host of lovers and other strangers. Performed by student singers and instrumentalists from the University of Calgary’s Collegium Musicum.
NOVEMBER 29 & 30 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

SONIC VISIONS

Featuring the Calgary premiere of a new work by the Ukrainian composer Alexander Rodin, titled Concerto – Symphony for Violin and String Orchestra with Edmond Symphony Orchestra first violinist and UCalgary SCPA Music alumna, Anna Kozak.
FEBRUARY 8 • Time 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

2024 RBC CONCERTO CONCERT

Two students/alumni from each of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Mount Royal University Conservatory perform as soloists with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
MARCH 6 • Time 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

PAVEL KOLESNIKOV IN RECITAL

For the first time in over eight years, 2012 Honens Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov returns to Calgary for this highly anticipated recital. Commended for his fresh and unexpected perspective on familiar pieces, Pavel is a sought after soloist around the globe. Featuring waltzes, nocturnes, and mazurkas from Chopin and wrapping up with Schubert's final Piano Sonata No. 21, this stunning program is sure to leave you spellbound.
APRIL 2 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $10-$55

LAND'S END STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT

Join us for the world premiere performances of works written by students of the University of Calgary’s music composition program as part of the Land’s End Ensemble’s annual Student Composers’ Program.
APRIL 6 • Time TBC • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11


UCalgary Music Ensemble

WIND ENSEMBLE & SYMPHONIC BAND
Director: Gareth Jones
OCTOBER 12 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11/$10

JAZZ COMBOS
Conductor: Jeremy Brown
NOVEMBER 8 • 7:30 PM • BORIS ROUBAKINE HALL • FREE

CHORUS & CHAMBER CHOIR
Director: Kathryn Parrotta
NOVEMBER 9 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Director: Ralph Maier
NOVEMBER 10 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

CHAMBER MUSIC
Director: Edmond Agopian
NOVEMBER 20 • 12 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • FREE

BRASS & PERCUSSION
Directors: Gareth Jones and Tyler Hornby
NOVEMBER 21• 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

ORCHESTRA
Conductor: Edmond Agopian
NOVEMBER 23 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

CHAMBER MUSIC
Director: Edmond Agopian
NOVEMBER 27 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
Director: Julie Harris
NOVEMBER 29 & 30 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $26/$19

SYMPHONIC BAND
Director: Gareth Jones
DECEMBER 1 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

WIND ENSEMBLE
Director: Gareth Jones
DECEMBER 4 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

WORLD MUSIC
Director: Bernice Cheung
DECEMBER 5 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Conductor: Jeremy Brown
DECEMBER 6 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

 

ORCHESTRA & WIND ENSEMBLE
Conductors: Edmond Agopian and Gareth Jones
FEBRUARY 6 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

CHAMBER CHOIR
Director: Kathryn Parrotta
MARCH 16 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

WORLD MUSIC
Director: Bernice Cheung
MARCH 19 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

ORCHESTRA
Conductor: Edmond Agopian
MARCH 21 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

CHORUS
Director: Kathryn Parrotta
MARCH 22 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

BRASS ENESEMBLE
Directors: Gareth Jones
MARCH 25 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

JAZZ ORCHESTRA
MARCH 26 • 7:30 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

CHAMBER MUSIC
Director: Edmond Agopian
MARCH 27 • 12 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • FREE

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Director: Ralph Maier
MARCH 27 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11

SYMPHONIC BAND
Director: Gareth Jones
MARCH 28 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11/$10

JAZZ COMBOS
APRIL 3 • 7:30 PM • BORIS ROUBAKINE HALL • FREE

WIND ENSEMBLE
Director: Gareth Jones
APRIL 4 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11/$10

CHAMBER MUSIC
Director: Edmond Agopian
APRIL 9 • 8 PM • ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ HALL • $14/$11


ALCHEMY Festival of Student Work, March 21 - April 7, 2024

SCPA's annual festival of student work will feature a wide range of Drama, Dance, Music and Interdisciplinary events, manifesting the spirit of collaboration across and between artistic disciplines that the SCPA makes possible.