As a special, free gift from the University of Alberta to its alumni and all of Camrose, a recital is being held on September 26th at the Lougheed Centre. The event, titled “A Time to Play,” features violinist Andrew Wan (concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) and pianist Jacques Després (professor, University of Alberta). These musicians will perform works by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy, and Strauss.
The event is part of Alumni Weekend at the Augustana Campus. It is also one of the first events to highlight Augustana Campus’s new annual theme, “A Time to Play.”
Having these two distinguished musicians play together is exciting for UAlberta’s Augustana Campus. Andrew Wan and Jacques Després are both Juilliard-trained artists and are two of Canada’s top classical players. Raised in Edmonton, Andrew was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) in 2008, making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. Though based in Montréal, he remains an ardent Edmonton Oilers fan.
Jacques Després is no stranger to Camrose, having performed before at the Augustana Campus and been an adjudicator at the Camrose and District Music Festival. Jacques has recorded many CDs, and he performs internationally. Most recently, he and Andrew played all the Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano over the past three years in concerts in Edmonton.
Camrose audience members will be treated to Andrew performing on a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, courtesy of the David Sela Collection. The event is sponsored by DiscoverPiano@Augustana, the UAlberta Alumni Association, and the Augustana Alumni Office. It takes place at 8 pm, September 26, 2015, in the Lougheed Centre’s Cargill Theatre. The free tickets are available in-person or online from the Lougheed Centre Box Office (780.608.2922; camroselive.ca).
Those attending are encouraged to come early, as there will be a pre-recital reception starting at 7 pm in the lobby. Augustana alumni Joshua Mohr (jazz piano) and Trevor Sanders (classical guitar) will play in the background. Then, at 7:45 pm in the Cargill Theatre, UAlberta alumnus and Augustana music professor Milton Schlosser will present an enjoyable, informative pre-concert talk. He will discuss the recital’s music and performers in light of Augustana Campus’s 2015-16 academic theme “A Time to Play.”
You can discover more about Alumni Weekend at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus – including class reunions, the hockey home opener, and the grand re-opening of Founders’ Hall! – here:
Learn more about the DiscoverPiano@Augustana classical concert series (sponsored by RE/MAX) which we are launching this season at the Lougheed Centre, at the following link: