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Faculty Update: Oct. 2018

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Allan Gordon Bell will give the Keynote Address at the Music Conference Alberta 2018 in Edmonton on Oct. 26. Last month, he participated in Music and the Mind: A Conversation with Renée Fleming. Other performers included Dr. Laura Hynes and alumnae Rena Far (BHSc’18, minor in Music).

After a relaxing August where he composed five new works for his UCalgary December concert, Dr. Jeremy Brown had a packed September. He performed with the Book of Mormon Orchestra at the Jubilee Auditorium; presented a lecture on the wind band music of Henry Cowell at the University of Florida (Gainesville); offered a masterclass for graduate and undergraduate saxophonists, attended a rehearsal of the University of Florida Wind Symphony with conductor David Waywright; performed as a soloist with the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble on Kenneth Fuchs concerto Rush, collaborated with faculty member Jack Wilkins (UCalgary Visiting Fulbright Scholar 2017-18), with whom he will be presenting a jazz concert at the 2019 College Music Society International Conference in Belgium. This month, Jeremy will be part of Theatre Calgary’s world premiere production of Mary and Max, doubling on piccolo, flute, saxophones and clarinet. On Oct. 28, he will be conducting Angels and Demons, a concert presented by the Calgary Wind Symphony, where he will also premiere Faustus, a new concerto for alto sax and wind symphony. 

Christine Brubaker is directing antigone lives*, which opens on Oct. 12. She is also working on new play development. Henry G20, co-written with MFA directing candidate Constantine Anastaskis will have a staged reading at The Bentway in Toronto later this month. MFA design candidate Graham Frampton will be the production manager and designer for the staged reading. (Photo: from L to R: Graham Frampton, Christine Brubaker, producer Neta Rose and Ilana Altman from The Bentway)

On. Oct. 13 and 14, Val Campbell will be offering a workshop with professor emerita Dawn McCaugherty called Moving Sound Sounding Movement. The workshop is presented by Canada’s National Voice Intensive and explores the marriage of sound and physicality / breath and language / ease and connection. 

Dr. Laura Hynes was a performer and principal organizer of the Calgary Mysterious Barricades concert in support of suicide prevention, awareness, and hope. The internet-broadcast concert was presented by the School of Creative and Performing Arts in partnership with the Campus Mental Health Strategy and supported by the SU Wellness Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, Centre for Suicide Prevention, Distress Centre and Wood’s Homes. This month, she will perform as a guest with the Penny Sanborn Trio.

Dr. Sarah Kenny and her student research assistants just completed the fourth year of pre-season screening at the School of Alberta Ballet, as part of the ongoing dance injury prevention research with Alberta Ballet and the support of onsite clinicians from Momentum Health. She has also partnered the Dance division with the Sport Medicine Centre to provide pre-season screening to all incoming first year dance majors.

Melanie Kloetzel traveled with her company, kloetzel&co., to Edmonton to present her work It began with watching at Brian Webb Dance Company’s Prairie Dance Circuit. As a work of political satire, the 40-minute piece offers an athletic, hilarious, but chilling political commentary on the transformation of democracy in an age of ‘alternative facts’. It was well received and selected as IDGI pick of the week.

Sessional instructor James Scott played the world premiere of Vincent Ho's The Sandman's Domain, a concerto for Trombone and Orchestra on Sep. 28 and 29 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rune Bergmann.

Laurie M. Taylor has joined UCalgary as a guest artist and instructor in Dance for the Fall semester. She comes from Virginia’s Shenandoah University, where she choreographed two world premieres and spoke on national panels around the discourse of intersectionality/identity politics in the arts. Her work was recently selected by the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she was a 2018 Associate Artist-in-Residence, collaborating with Master Artists Dr. S. Ama Wray and MacArthur Fellow Terrence Hayes.
This month, Laurie will briefly return to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) to participate in the first Choreography Unlocked Festival. She is thrilled to work with the incredible SCPA students, and to share her work and perspectives on African Diaspora dance in a meaningful way.

April Viczko art directed the alumni weekend Rococo Punk Photoshoot. Special thanks to all the alumni, faculty and students who participated, as well as to the Drama Production team for their hard work and exceptional talents given to the project.