Music at Noon Series: Nick Sullivan, trombone; Bente Hansen, piano; Guest: Douglas MacArthur

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Music at Noon Series
Nick Sullivan, trombone; Bente Hansen, piano; Douglas MacArthur, narrator; with Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC)
Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

November 26, 2019 
12:15 pm, University Recital Hall 
Free admission, everyone welcome!

Drawing upon repertoire from the Baroque period up in to the very present day, this recital will present the bass trombone as we expect to hear it: powerful, nimble, mourning, playful, and talkative!  From 17th century dances to lyric memorials, from Hollywood fun to Coffee House experiences, our program will have you all over the musical spectrum!  With longtime collaborator Bente Hansen, Nick will be joined by Doug MacArthur lending his voice, and the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC) for a chance to hear the full sound of trombone choir!


After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to undertake graduate studies at the University of Victoria. Unable to escape the lure of the Canadian West Coast, Nick returned to B.C. in 2013 to continue his studies at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently, Nick is on faculty at the University of Lethbridge teaching the low brass studio, as well as the U of L Conservatory of Music.

Nick has a passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. He is a founding member of Aeris Brass (formerly the U of L Faculty Brass Quintet), as well as the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC).

As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for and commissioning new music for bass trombone, and has a keen interest in vocal works transcribed for low brass. Nick regularly performs as a recitalist throughout Western Canada, and has been featured as a soloist with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Lethbridge Community Gold Band, and the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra.

Active as an orchestral musician, Nick has worked with several orchestras across Canada, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and presently performs with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.

Away from his trombone, Nick is an avid runner and can also be found working away in his garden or tending to his collection of Bonsai trees. Years of counting rests in the trombone section have given him a reserve of patience required to care for his miniature trees!

Nick Sullivan is a performing artist for Michael Rath Trombones.

Bente Hansen teaches first year Music Theory and Music in Recital for the Department of Music. Bente received her Bachelor of Music degree from University of Lethbridge in 1986 and went on to acquire a Master of Music from Michigan State University in 1988. She spent time studying at Indiana University under the tutelage of David Neumeyer and Peter Burkholder before returning home to Alberta.

Bente keeps busy accompanying students and playing keyboards for New West Theatre. She has also enjoyed the role of Musical Director for both Lethbridge Musical Theatre and University productions.

Doug MacArthur is Assistant Professor of voice and acting in the Drama Department at the University of Lethbridge. He graduated from York University with an MFA in Acting along with a Voice Teaching Diploma under the supervision of David Smukler. Doug has participated in numerous stage productions as an actor, voice coach and director, and has been featured in several independent short and feature length films. Recently, he has been engaged in creative research pertaining to the Roy Hart approach to voice training.


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