Celebrating the U of L’s 45th with Music and Song!
Forty-Five is a significant number for the University of Lethbridge this year. In honour of the U of L’s 45th anniversary, the Faculty Artists and Friends Series open its season Oct. 12 at 8 pm in the University Recital Hall with Celebrate 45, a concert featuring music either related to, containing, or written with the number 45 in mind.
“Using the number 45 as a stepping stone, we came up with a dynamic and varied program of music,” says Nick Sullivan, member of the Faculty Artists and Friends concert committee. “We were quite please with the vast spectrum of musical offerings we came up with, which includes musical selections throughout history.”
Musical offerings include a medley of Beatles tunes played by pianist, Bente Hansen, all written 45 years ago, in 1967. “The selection of songs from Penny Lane was also released on a 45 rpm record,” notes Sullivan. Dr. Blaine Hendsbee (tenor) sings a set of Gabriel Faure songs, written in 1845 and Dr. Sandra Stringer (mezzo-soprano) performs pieces by Richard Wagner, composed when he was 45-years-old.
Celebrate 45 is the first of a six-concert series promising a diverse and exciting season of music unique to the Faculty Artists and Friends Series. On Nov. 15, Italian ensemble, Capella Artemisia, performs a program of recently unearthed vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th centuries. On Dec. 15, Bente Hansen and Jesse Plessis take the stage in the U of L Atrium to play some of their favourite compositions and their own arrangements for two pianos.
January’s concert features the music of Francis Poulenc, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death. March 9, Quasar Saxophone Quartet entertains audiences with a unique and engaging musical experience featuring live electronics, instrumentation, improvisation and instrumental theatre. Saba Musical Group caps-off the series April 7 with a program of Persian and Iranian traditional music.
For tickets to Celebrate 45, visit the University Box Office, Monday – Friday, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, or call (403) 329-2616. Regular tickets are also available online, www.uleth.ca/tickets. Individual tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors/students.
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