Nov. 14, 2022
School of Creative and Performing Arts celebrates new harpsichord with free noon hour recital
After an extensive search, the School of Creative and Performing Arts acquired a new harpsichord last spring. It was handcrafted by Craig C. Tomlinson of Vancouver, one of today’s finest makers.
“Our students can use and learn about the harpsichord, whether it’s through the Collegium Musicum Early Music ensemble, piano studio classes or recitals,” says Rod Squance, division lead of music.
The harpsichord was a popular instrument from the 16th to the 18th century, but it can also be used in more contemporary music. While they might look similar, the strings of a harpsichord are plucked while those of a piano are hammered. Tomlinson’s instrument is designed to be flexible and accommodate many types of performances.
“This is truly a wonderful addition and gives us the ability to expand our range of concert offerings,” says Squance. “The harpsichord is also available to community guests, such as the upcoming concert by Ensemble Caprice, presented by Calgary Pro Musica.”
Ensemble Caprice is one of the most sought-after ensembles on the classical music scene and has gained a solid reputation for its vibrant, compelling performances.
Harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney will showcase the university’s beautiful new Tomlinson harpsichord in a free recital for the university community on Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall of the Rozsa Centre. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of Canada’s finest period instrument ensembles.
Ensemble Caprice will perform a full program, including music by Bach and Telemann, for the public that same evening, with the harpsichord as the star of the concert. Tickets for the evening performance are available through Calgary Pro Musica.