Recital series continues

Three UPEI Department of Music events in March

Duo Concertante [Photo by Bo Huang]
Duo Concertante [Photo by Bo Huang]

The UPEI Department of Music continues its 2023–24 Recital Series with several upcoming recitals featuring UPEI Department of Music faculty members and guest artists from across Canada. 

On March 1, guest pianist Asher Armstrong, an advocate for women composers, will perform a captivating program featuring little-known works by composers Varvara Gaigerova and Ilse Fromm-Michaels, as well as substantial offerings by J. S. Bach and Johannes Brahms. Asher maintains an active concert career. Notable recent engagements include solo recital performances at the Walton Arts Center, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Royal College of Music in London (UK), as well as appearances as concerto soloist with Pax Christi Chorale and the Mozart Players of Toronto, and with the North York Concert Orchestra. A committed teacher, Asher is on the Piano Faculty of the University of Toronto where he is a lecturer of piano and chamber music. Prior to this appointment, he served as an assistant professor of piano at the University of Arkansas, and has also taught at the Interlochen School for the Arts.

On March 8, Dale Sorensen, chair of UPEI’s Department of Music, will present a faculty recital entitled Trombone, She Wrote: Music by Canadian Women Composers. This program will showcase the expressive side of the trombone from a Canadian perspective, with works by Jocelyn Morlock, F. Jane Naylor, Hope Salmonson, Barbara York, and the premiere of a work for trombone and loop station by PEI-born composer Monica Pearce. The recital features Dale Sorensen, trombone and euphonium, with Magdalena von Eccher, piano.

Duo Concertante returns to PEI on March 16 with a program entitled Spirited Away. This recital will feature works by Beethoven, Saint Saens, Khachaturian and Maier, with a performance of a piece by Alice Pee Ying-Ho, commissioned by Duo Concertante with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. For 23 years, violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves have built an international career as artist in the Canadian chamber ensemble Duo Concertante. Award-winning artists, champions of new music, visionary artistic directors, and inspiring mentors, Duo Concertante have forged a musical legacy and strive to provoke thought and engagement through their art.

All three events will take place at 7:30 pm at the SDU Stage at Dr. Steel Recital Hall on the UPEI campus. Admission is by cash only at the door.