Your musical guide for this semester’s concerts at UWaterloo


The University of Waterloo department of music at Conrad Grebel University College is sponsoring and organising eight ensembles this term.

Everyone is invited to join and admission is free. Watch celebrated musicians perform a wide range of works at the Conrad Grebel University College at 12:30 p.m. on the following days:

Wednesday, Jan. 16: Wie Melodien

Focusing on the themes of birth, love, and death, soprano Bethany Hörst and pianist Mary Castello will perform pieces of German lieder.

Don’t miss it if you enjoy Brahms, Wolf, or Schumann.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: French Connected

Watch cellist Tom Wiebe and pianist Chiharu Iinuma as they perform the works of Chopin, Debussy, and Takemitsu.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Women Music Revolutionaries

Come out to honour feminist musicians Carole King and Joni Mitchell.

The concert will also feature the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and more, performed by Mary Catherine Pazzano and Joni NehRita.

Performances by pianist Don Buchanan and the Penderecki String Quartet will make the afternoon unforgettable.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Soirées Françaises

Known for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure, and monster technique” Steven Vanhauwaert will perform a selection of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Grand Duo

Watch violinist Jerzy Kaplanek and pianist Leopoldo Erice as they perform Schubert’s, “Grand Duo Sonata in A Major” and Prokofiev’s, “Sonata No. 1 in F minor.”

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Voice of the Whale

Composed by American avant-garde composer George Crumb, “The Voice of the Whale” will be performed by flautist Wendy Wagler, cellist Ben Bolt-Martin, and pianist Boyd McDonald, also known as the Springdale Trio.

Wednesday, March 13: Rachmaninoff Tribute to Tchaikovsky

Violinist Marcus Scholtes, cellist Miriam Stewart-Kroeker, and pianist Heidi Wall are together known as the Andromeda Trio. Come out to watch them perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégiaque in D minor, Opus 9”.

Wednesday, March 20: Songs for my Mother – Return

Be there for the launch of retired Grebel professor Carol Ann Weaver’s CD, Songs for my Mother, and her performance with soprano Mary Catherine Pazzano and Mary Petrich on sax.

The music department is also holding auditions for the ensemble until Jan. 19.

Participation in the ensemble is open to all University of Waterloo students, for credit or as an extracurricular activity.

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