Posted on September 15, 2011 by Tia Lalani

BMus vocal performance majors will celebrate Canadian composers – with special tribute to Dr. Malcolm Forsyth – on November 24th at 7 pm.

Talented vocal performance majors in Augustana’s Bachelor of Music program will celebrate Canadian composers at a student recital slated for Thursday, November 24th at 7:00 pm in the Faith & Life Chapel on the Augustana Campus. Hosting the recital is Professor Kathleen Corcoran and the artists performing are students from her studio, accompanied by pianist Dr. Roger Admiral. The evening will feature a special tribute to the late Malcolm Forsyth (1936-2011).

Malcolm Forsyth, one of Canada’s leading composers, passed away on July 5, 2011, leaving behind a wonderful legacy of music – orchestral, as well as works for voice, piano, strings, brass, woodwind, and chorus.  Originally from South Africa, Forsyth emigrated to Canada in his 30’s and settled in Edmonton, joining the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as a trombonist.  He also joined the music faculty at the University of Alberta, teaching theory, composition and conducting – retiring in 2002 after serving as the University’s composer-in residence.  He is the recipient of many awards, including Canadian Composer of the Year (1989) and three JUNOs (1984, 1995, 1998).  In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Other composers represented at the recital will include Camrosian and Professor Emeritus, James Neff, and other prominent Canadian composers such as Healy Willan, Jean Coulthard, Melissa Hui, Robert Fleming, Nancy Telfer, and Violet Archer.  There is no admission charged for this recital.  For further information, call the Augustana Music Office ph. 780-679-1532.


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