Music and Drama Shows

When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
May 15 - 24, 2014

  • Preview May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • No show May 18
  • Matinee May 22 at 12:30 p.m.

A sweeping portrait of fathers and sons, strangers and lovers, husbands and wives.MFA Directing thesis project for Megan Watson. You can be standing on solid ground then without even noticing, it turns to water beneath you.

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Past Shows

Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca translation by Caridad Svich
March 27 - April 5, 2014

  • Preview March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • No show March 30
  • Matinee April 3 at 12:30 p.m.

A classic of Spanish literature, Blood Wedding is a return to the very dark origins of drama: primal desire. UAlberta Drama Chair and Studio Theatre artistic director, Kathleen Weiss, directs. It’s better to be dead drained of blood than alive with it rotting.

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pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill

September 19 - 28, 2013

  • Preview September 18 at 7:30 p.m.  
  • No show on September 22 
  • Matinee September 26 at 12:30 p.m. 

This is the MFA Directing thesis project for Nancy McAlear

Deep friendship skims the surface
Shallow resentment runs the deep

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Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner (translation by Martin Crimp)
October 31 - November 9, 2013 

  • preview October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • no show November 3, 2013
  • matinee November 7 at 12:30 p.m.

UAlberta acting professor Kim McCaw directs.

Prognosis: heartache

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Bloody Poetry by Howard Benton
November 28 - December 7, 2013

  • Preview November 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • No show December 1
  • Matinee December 5 at 12:30 p.m.

An ode to the imagination. Directed by Glenda Stirling ('97 BA Drama), our 2014 Mary Mooney Distinguished Visiting Artist.“Let’s peel open our brains, find the soul itself! Let’s blast ourselves with electrical force – cut ourselves open, wreck ourselves, turn ourselves inside out! To find out what we are, what we can be!”

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The 2013-14 season is now finished. Stay tuned for 2014-15 shows and events to be announced in the late summer or early fall. 

2013-14 Shows and Recaps

From Tchaikovsky with Love
March 23 at 8 p.m. 
Winspear Centre

University Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s The Magic Flute OvertureAn epic orchestral adventure from tragic to triumphant.

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World Music Sampler
April 4 at 8 p.m. 
Centre for Music

The Indian and West African Music Ensembles perform traditional world music with a special guest artist.

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La Belle Époque
Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. 
Convocation Hall
Catherine Abele, Elizabeth Turnbull (vocals) and Jacques Després (piano)French melodies by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy and othersElusive love notes left to be assembled by the listener.

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Three centuries of piano trio masterpieces
Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Convocation Hall
Trio Voce’s Patricia Tao (piano), Jasmine Lin (violin) and Marina Hoover (cello)Mozart Trio in B-flat major, K. 502, Ravel Trio, and Dvorak Trio No. 4 in e minorSomething exciting was going on under those powdered wigs.

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Music of the 21st century for saxophone, electronics and piano
Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Convocation Hall

William H. Street (saxophone), Roger Admiral (piano) and Charles Stolte (saxophone)New classics by Howard Bashaw, Pablo E. Furman, John M. Kennedy, Christian Lauba, Paul Steenhuisen, and Andriy TalphashHow can you do that with only 10 fingers and 88 keys?

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Opera Fantasies
Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. 
Convocation Hall

Guillaume Tardif (violin) and Roger Admiral (piano)Vocal pieces adapted for the virtuosity of strings.

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The Company of Heaven - Britten at 100

Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
Winspear Centre

The University of Alberta's Concert Choir, Academy Strings and Madrigal Singers. A celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten on the centenary of his birth.

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On the path to Bach at MaCH: Windows into the Times, Teaching and Traditions
Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. 
Convocation Hall

Marnie Giesbrecht (organ) and Joseph F. Patrouch (narrator) Schlick, Hofhaimer, Boehm, Corelli and VivaldiWhat forces shaped Bach’s ordered complexity? 

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Beethoven’s Piano and Violin Sonatas, Part Two
Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. 
Convocation Hall

Jacques Després (piano) and Andrew Wan (violin)Beethoven No. 3, 5 and 7. Hear it in full colour through a kaleidoscope.

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University of Alberta High School Honour Band with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
Winspear Centre

Alberta’s most talented high school band students and the University of Alberta’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

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Brass Fireworks
Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. 
Convocation Hall

Robin Doyon (trumpet), Sylvain Beyries (trumpet), Allene Hackleman (horn), Alden Lowrey (trombone) and John McPherson (tuba)20th century works by Delerue, Ewazen, and EwaldA brilliant display of musicianship.

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Salute to the Bands
March 3 at 6 p.m.
German Canadian Cultural Centre

University of Alberta Jazz Band II, directed by Tom Dust, with MacEwan Jazz Band I, directed by Raymond Baril, perform a tribute to the great swing bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Relive the big band swing era. Swing dance to music by luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. Bryan Hall guest emcees.

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Percussive Winds
March 16 at 3 p.m. 
Winspear Centre

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band with guest percussion soloist Matthew Coley (Iowa State)Canadian premiere: Glass House Concerto by Andrew ArdizzoiaPlayed on glass bottles and stone xylophones.

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BFA 2014

Graduating exhibition of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts 

Exhibition Date: April 22 – May 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 2014 (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta
112 Street and 89 Avenue, Edmonton

Past Exhibits

Current Austrian Positions In Printmaking 

Exhibition Date: February 25 – March 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, (7:00 – 10:00 pm) 

In collaboration with the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna and Calgary’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the FAB Gallery will present an exhibition of eight contemporary Austrian print-artists. 

The media, technique and theme of the art works vary, providing a valuable snapshot of current Austrian printmaking. (Additional financial support is being sought from the U of A’s Wirth Institute and the Ministry of Cultural Foreign Affairs in Austria. This funding may assist with artist travel and the presentation of related lectures, workshops or symposia.)

BDes 2014
Graduating exhibition of students completing the Bachelor of Design Program. 

Exhibition Date: April 1 – 12, 2014
Professional Night: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2014 (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Agata Derda (MFA Printmaking)
Sarah Oneschuk (MFA Printmaking)

Final visual presentation for Master of Fine Arts-Printmaking 

Exhibition Date: November 5 – 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013 (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Brad Necyk (MFA Drawing and Intermedia)

Final visual presentation for Master of Fine Arts-Drawing and Intermedia.

Print Resonance
Exhibition Date: October 1 – 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2013 (7:00 – 10:00 pm) 

Print Resonance is a collaborative print portfolio and exhibition project organized by Professor Ryto Endo from Musashino Art University (MUSABI). The project brings together work by faculty and graduate students from: Musashino Art University, Japan; University of Alberta, Canada: Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium; Silpakorn University, Thailand; and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. 

The portfolio is made up of a total of 50 works with each participating institution represented by three faculty members and seven graduate students. The project has already been exhibited at MUSABIE Gallery and at Silpakorn University Gallery.

Graduate Design Group Show 2013
The final visual presentation of a number of students graduating in the Master of Design program including: Michelle Heath (Industrial Design), Hussain Almossawi (Industrial Design), Adolfo Ruiz (Visual Communication Design), Hailley Honcharik (Industrial Design), Mahshid Karimi (Industrial Design). 

Exhibition Date: August 27 – September 21, 2013
Closing Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Joe Doherty (MFA Painting) 

Alexandra Emberly (MFA Printmaking)
Final visual presentation for Master of Fine Arts-Painting 

Exhibition Date: December 10 – 21, 2013 and January 2 – 11, 2014
Opening Reception: TBA, (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Grace Sippy (MFA Printmaking)
Final visual presentation for Master of Fine Arts-Printmaking.

Alcuin Awards for Book Design in Canada 
Exhibition Date: January 21 – February 15, 2014 

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2014 (7:00 – 10:00 pm) 

Grace Sippy won second prize in the 4th Guanlan International Print Biennial in Guanlan, China for her print “Schism” - a major accomplishment for a graduate student artist.

To promote appreciation of books, reading, and excellence in book design and production, The Alcuin Society offers prestigious awards for excellence in Canadian book design and sponsors the only national competition that recognizes and celebrates fine book design in Canada. This show includes books in eight categories (Children’s, Limited Editions, Pictorial, Poetry, Prose Fiction, Prose Non-fiction, Prose Non-fiction Illustrated, and Reference) published in 2012.

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