Concerts and Events

University of Windsor

School of Creative Arts     (SoCA) 

Concerts, Guest Artists, Lectures, Recitals, Exhibitions, Master Classes and Workshops

49th Season

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The SoCA Presents Guest Artists series feature professional musicians—faculty and guests—in concert, at acoustically excellent, intimate venues. Tickets $20 Adults/Seniors; $5 Students.
 

 

SoCA Presents Student Concerts 

Student Ensemble Concert series feature performances by our student ensembles. Featured University of Windsor ensembles include: UWindsor Chamber Choir, Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble, New Music Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, University Singers, Wind Ensemble and speical showcase concerts. Tickets $15 Adults/Seniors; $5 Students.  

SoCA Fridays Student Recitals  Come to the Music building and enjoy FREE performances and musical presentations by our faculty, special guests and students in the school’s intimate Recital Hall.  Soca Fridays take place at noon on Fridays, except for the Jazz Combo and Jazz/Pop Guitar Ensemble recitals which will take place on Thursday, December 8th.

Student Third Year and Graduation Recitals This spring, third year and graduating Music students will perform a total of 16 solo recitals at a variety of venues around Windsor.  

Purchase your tickets to any of our concerts in advance online at our secure website or buy at the door. If you purchase tickets to three different concerts at one time you will receive a 20% discount on your purchase. Now, that’s a great value!  Our goal is to inform and connect music lovers, whether they are students, alumni, or our friends in the community.  

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will offer a Master Class while in Windsor as guest artist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

 

SoCA Presents 2016 / 2017 Season

 

Friday, September 23, 2:00 pm

Master Class with Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin

Music building, room 126
 
Charles Richard-Hamelin is a Canadian concert pianist. A former student of McGill University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 2011, Richard-Hamelin concluded his master's at Yale School of Music in 2013. After reaching the final stage in important piano competitions held in Montreal and Seoul, he had a distinguished participation at the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, 2015), where he received the second prize and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a Sonata.

Six SoCA piano students will play excerpts from pieces they are working on. Dr. Philip Adamson’s studio: Voiles (Préludes, Book 1) - Debussy - Logan Adlam Ballade, Op.10 #3 - Brahms - Konrad Jarecki Rêverie - Debussy - Allison Knight Dr. E. Gregory Butler’s studio: Prelude and Fugue, BWV 846 by J. S. Bach, performed by Bethany Russell. Prelude and Fugue, BWV 853 By. J. S. Bach, performed by Zhining "Jim" Hu. Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 performed by Mary-Valene Daniel. Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 pm Wild Hearts: An introspective study on the nature of the search Studio A, Lambton Tower Free event You are invited to join percussionist Greg Samek (University of Windsor alumni, 2006) with Dr. Nicholas Papador and Justin Skalaa for an informal concert of percussion and multimedia featuring both composed and improvised works. Composers featured on the concert include Greg Samek, John Cage and a world premiere by Vancouver composer Jordan Nobles.

 

Famed alto and voice coach, Catherine McKeever is remembered by her friends and fans at this concertFriday, September 30, 7:30 pm

Catherine McKeever Memorial Concert

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
This concert will feature performances by Music alumni, former private students of Catherine McKeever, friends and colleagues. The concert is organized by Music Alumni and friends and is a fundraiser for the McKeever Voice Scholarship at the University of Windsor. Admission by donation at the door.

Featuring performances by the Windsor Classic Chorale, Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director; UWindsor Alumni: Erin Armstrong, Amelia Daigle, Brianna DeSantis, Naomi Eberhard, Alyssa Epp, Adam Iannetta, Kate Reynolds and Christine Turingia; Voice Instructors and UWindsor faculty Lesley Andrew, Peggy Dwyer, Bruce Kotowich, Jennifer Swanson, Trevor Pittman and Elspeth Maynard; And Cathy’s former private students Maria Kelly, Katherine Quinsey and Amber Tomlin, as well as “The Mac Sisters” Accompanists: Margita Lange, Yvonne Marie Quinn, Anna Zaidman, Bruce Kotowich.

 
 
 

Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm

Art Gallery of Windsor logo

University Jazz Combo Concert in partnership with AGW

University of Windsor, Social Work building, 167 Ferry St., downtown Windsor
(renovated Windsor Star building)

Enjoy a guided tour of the AGW exhibition “1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group” at 2:00 pm, then walk over to the news UWindsor School of Social Work building for 3:00 pm and grove to the music of the University Jazz Combo. One ticket gets you admission to both!

Ticket $20 Adults; $10 Students, includes admission to AGW exhibition and concert
This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and presented in Windsor with the support of Caesars Windsor Cares.
 
 
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts logo         Caesars Windsor Cares logo
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2:30 pm

Multimedia artist Paul Wong Multimedia Artist Paul Wong

LeBel building, room 115
Paul Wong has been described as a "rebel without a hanbook" by the Georgia Straight, 2010, a "Chinese Canadian Warhol" (Taxi magazine, 2004) and as a "master of the video camera in Vancouver art, making him to video what Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt were to painting, or Ian Wallace and Jeff Wall to photomontage" (Michael Turner, 2008).
 
 

Guest Artist Andreas Rutkauskas "Borderline" 1440x1880October 20, 5:00 pm

Andreas Rutkauskas

Guest Artist Talk

  and MFA Studio Visits
IN/TERMINUS
Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2455 Wyandotte St. W., 2nd floor, room 239
Focusing on the cause and effect of a range of technologies on the perception, development, and exploitation of landscapes, Andreas Rutkauskas uses photography, video, and mapping to address the impact of Internet-based research on the subtle technologies used to survey the Canada/US border (Borderline).
SoCA’s Guest Artist Talks are FREE of charge and open to the public.
 

Dr. Bruce Kotowich conducting the UWindsor Chamber ChoirFriday, October 28, 7:30 pm

Music for Choirs, Pianos, and Percussion

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
UWindsor Chamber Choir
University Singers
Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director
Windsor-Essex Youth Choir Chanteuses, Sue Belleperche, director
University Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Nicholas Papador, director
Alde Calongacagong, piano
Rob Conway, piano
 
Join the UWindsor Chamber Choir and University Singers in their fall concert in the historical Heritage Auditorium in Assumption Hall. Music for Choirs, Pianos, and Percussion will feature music from Orff’s Carmina Burana and Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town. The University choral ensembles welcome Dr. Nicholas Papador and the University Percussion Ensemble in their season opening concert. Come at 6:00 pm for a pre-concert reception. Ticket $20.00 Adults/Seniors; $10 Students.
 
 

Pianist Dr. Philip Adamson continues his exploration of Beethoven's sonatas Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm

Philip Adamson, Piano,

In the Key of Beethoven

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
Sonata in C Minor, Op.10, No.1
Sonata in B Flat Major, Op.22
Sonata in F Sharp Major, Op.78
Sonata in E Flat Major, Op.81a
 
Philip Adamson continues his journey through the published piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, music which continues to delight and surprise with its eternal freshness.
 
 
 

Guest Artist Andrew Wright "Dawson Looking Glass 3 2015, documentation of performance (photographic print, 40x26 inches, edition of 5, 1 artist proof)Thursday, November 10, 2:30 pm

Andrew Wright

Guest Artist Talk

  and MFA Studio Visits
LeBel Building, LeBel Building, room 115
Free event
Andrew Wright is an alumnus of the University of Windsor’s MFA program.  His artistic practice is at the intersection of traditional and conceptual forms of art-making. Wright’s use of photography is decidedly non-conventional as it challenges lyricism and traditional pictorial aims and favours an exploratory, evocative approach.

Maestro Robert Franz is Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

SoCA’s Guest Artist Talks are FREE of charge and open to the public.
 
 

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Master Class with Maestro Robert Franz

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
Robert Franz is Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Music Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Opera and Orchestra. 
 

Saturday, November 19

Audition Workshop #1

Music building
 
 

Audrey Schumacher and members of the Wind Ensemble Flute sectionFriday, November 25, 7:30 pm

University Wind Ensemble – Fall Concert

Dr. Nicholas Papador, director
Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., downtown Windsor
 
 

Saturday, November 26, 7:30 pm

The members of the University Jazz Ensemble performing April 2016University Jazz Ensemble – Fall Concert

Mr. Robert Fazecash, director
Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., downtown Windsor
 
 

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 11, 2:30 pm

Members of the Bass and Tenor sections of the USingersFestival of Christmas

UWindsor Chamber Choir
University Singers
Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director
Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
 
Windsor’s annual musical tradition, Festival of Christmas, returns to the Heritage Auditorium in Assumption Hall. Come hear the UWindsor Chamber Choir and University Singers perform seasonal favourites and new choral works for the Holiday Season including a new choral work by Canadian composer Larry Nickel.
 
 

Sunday, December 11, 7:00 pm

Windsor Community Choir Christmas Concert

Paulin Memorial Church, 3200 Woodland Ave.
Windsor Community Choir,
  Erin Armstrong, director
Tickets $15
Call (519) 962-9354 for all WCC tickets.
 

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L - R: Vocalists Angelica, Celine & AaronSunday, January 15, 2:30 pm

Ianni Scholarship Competition

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
 
 

Saturday, January 28

Audition Workshop #2

UWindsor Alumnus and jazz flutist Alexander ZonjicMusic building
 
 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

An Evening with Alexander Zonjic and Friends

Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., downtown Windsor
A fundraiser for the University of Windsor
 

Sunday, February 12, 2:30 pm

UWindsor Alumnus and Pianist Alde CalongcagongLesley Andrew and Alde Calongcagong RecitalSoprano and Voice Instructor Lesley Andrew

So in Love

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
Lesley Andrew, soprano
Alde Calongcagong, piano
Enjoy favourite opera arias, art songs, musical theatre show stoppers and  Jazz standards.
 

Sunday, March 12, 2:30 pm

Director of Choirs, Dr. Bruce KotowichSing! A Choral Celebration

UWindsor Chamber Choir
University Singers
Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director
Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
 
Come join in a celebration of choral music! The UWindsor Chamber Choir and University Singers will feature music of the masters and new voices in composition.
 
 

Plumes Ensemble is a Montreal/Paris based Indie-Classical bandMonday, March 13, 7:30 pm

Plumes Ensemble

Studio A, Lambton Tower basement
Members: Veronica Charnley - songwriting, voice, guitar; Anne-Elisabeth DeCologne - double bass; Valentine Garilli – viola; Geof Holbrook - arrangements, keyboards; Eveline Gregoire-Rousseau - harp, voice; Louise Campbell - clarinet, bass clarinet; Pemi Paull - viola
Genre: Indie-Classical
Hometown: Montréal/Paris
 
 

Guest Artist Monika NapierMarch 2017

Monika Napier

Guest Artist Talk, Workshop

  and MFA Studio Visits
LeBel Building
Monika Napier holds an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a Diploma from the Emily Carr Institute and a BFA from Concordia University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for many years. Napier has taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), the University of Saskatchewan and is currently a member of the visual arts faculty of John Abbott College in Montreal.
 
SoCA’s Guest Artist Talks are FREE of charge and open to the public.
 

WSO Music Director, Maestro Robert FranzWednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm

Master Class with Maestro Robert Franz

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
 
 

Saturday, March 25

Audition Day #1

Music building
 
 

Saturday April 1, 8:00 pm

WSO Masterworks: Candide Suite

Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus will be joined by the UWindsor Chamber Choir & USingers for Candide!Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., downtown Windsor
Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Robert Franz, conductor
UWindsor Chamber Choir
University Singers
WSO Chorus
Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director

Call the WSO Box Office for tickets:  (519) 973-1238 ext. 2

 
 

Mr. Robert Fazecash directs the University Jazz EnsembleFriday, April 7, 8:00 pm

University Jazz Ensemble Cabaret

Mr. Robert Fazecash, director
Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave., Windsor
 
 

Saturday, April 8

Audition Day #2

Music building
 
 

Members of the Clarinet section, University Wind EnsembleSunday, April 9, 2:30 pm

University Wind Ensemble

Dr. Nicholas Papador, director
Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., downtown Windsor
 
 

Sunday, April 9, 7:00 pm

Windsor Community Choir Spring Concert

Paulin Memorial Church, 3200 Woodland Ave.
Windsor Community Choir, Erin Armstrong, director
Tickets $15
Call (519) 962-9354 for all WCC tickets.
 

Saturday, April 29

Audition Day #3

Music building
 
 
 
 

Updated:  September 12, 2016