Posted on February 15, 2019 by Cindy Edge

Edmonton new music quartet to perform in concert at Augustana UltraViolet Ensemble, a quartet from Edmonton, will be presenting a concert on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm in the Augustana Campus Faith and Life Chapel. The concert will feature recently composed chamber music by Canadian female composers, all made possible by the support of …

Edmonton new music quartet to perform in concert at Augustana

UltraViolet Ensemble, a quartet from Edmonton, will be presenting a concert on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm in the Augustana Campus Faith and Life Chapel.

The concert will feature recently composed chamber music by Canadian female composers, all made possible by the support of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition to hearing a great variety of unorthodox sounds, the audience will encounter different extra-musical meanings in music presented. Recorded sounds of train crossings, highway overpasses and aircraft cabin, combined with similar instrumental sounds, will represent metaphors of travel and meaning. Another work explores the Irish tradition of keening and lamenting the dead, with all of its implications of grief, memory, sadness and loss. A third work uses phrases taken from Facebook, combined with instrumental sounds and spoken text, to touch on the theme of culture and interaction represented in social media.

Comprising pianist Roger Admiral, cellist Amy Nicholson, flutist Chenoa Anderson and saxophonist Allison Balcetis, UltraViolet’s musicians are forward-thinking, virtuosic, dedicated artists. UltraViolet is named in honour of composer Violet Archer, one of the first professors of music at the University of Alberta, who encouraged her students to create their own opportunities for their music to be performed. Her impact was broad and deep in Alberta and throughout Canada. In 2013, UltraViolet was created as an ensemble for performing works curated at New Music Edmonton’s yearly festival, Now Hear This.

UltraViolet’s members bring an immense wealth of experience to performing new music, individually and collaboratively. UV’s individual members have premiered hundreds of solo and chamber works, have been active in commissioning and performing new Canadian works and are also active in other Edmonton ensembles such as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro Canada and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet. The ensemble has performed over 40 new pieces since 2014.

Tickets to see these accomplished musicians on April 3rd are $20 (adults) and $15 (students, seniors and children). University of Alberta students are admitted free of charge. All tickets may be purchased at the door.


Wednesday, April 3

7:30 pm

Faith & Life Chapel, Augustana Campus

Tickets (at the door only): $20 (adults); $15 (seniors/students/children).

Augustana students are admitted free of charge with proper ID.



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