Events

Nov
20
Wed
Dance Innovations: the near distance – pathways towards discovery
Nov 20 – Nov 22 all-day

The Department of Dance presents
Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery

Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery features the concise creations of 25 fourth year BFA choreographers performed by students engaged in all levels of York’s programs in Dance. Students and faculty involved in creation, performance, lighting design and production collaborate in the successful realization of Dance Innovations. Series A of the two series program comprises a new creation by Assistant Professor and intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson for York’s third year Performance class. In harmony with the themes explored elsewhere in the Department’s 2019/20 events, performances and workshops – issues of identity, navigation and acknowledgment – our show title celebrates the certainty that curiosity, open ness and creative engagement lead to imminent and ongoing discovery and transformation.

Artistic Director:  Julia Sasso for 4th year choreography course
Director: Freya Björg Olafson for 3rd year Performance course
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez

 

PERFORMANCES Nov 20-22
Series A – 7:00 pm
Series B – 8:30 pm

Admission:
Advanced tickets: $12
After November 20: $18

Box Office: 416. 736.5888 | ampd.yorku.ca/boxoffice

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York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running November 18-21, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Wednesday, November 20
7:30-10:00pm
Small ensembles directed by Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Frank Falco

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions
Nov
21
Thu
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles, Jazz Choirs & Jazz Orchestra
Nov 21 all-day

The York University Jazz Festival, running November 18-21, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

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Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

6:30pm:  The York University Jazz Choirs directed by Mim Adams take centre stage in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall.

7:30pm: The York University Jazz Orchestra directed by Mike Cado performs an eclectic mix of jazz standards and new jazz renditions of modern pieces in the Martin Family Lounge. 

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Nov
24
Sun
York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs 
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor

Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio (Oratorio de Noël), Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Buxtehude’s Das neugeborne Kindelein with chamber orchestra.

                                                 

Ticket Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors.

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

 

 

Nov
28
Thu
York University Symphony Orchestra
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Interim Director’s David Lum and Mark Skazinetsky, conduct the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors. 

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone

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Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.

The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

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Jan
15
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University New Music Ensemble
Jan 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The York University New Music Ensemble directed by Matt Brubeck performs an eclectic mix of new music.

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Free admission. Everyone welcome.

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Jan
16
Thu
Media Music Concert – MMC:IX
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Media Music Concert (MMC:IX) is a showcase of film, television and video game music arranged and performed by York music students.

This year’s arrangements include music from Zelda, Pocahontas, Star Wars, Studio Ghibli and more.

The Music Media Concert is in its ninth consecutive year and is organized by the Music Students Association at York University and the School of the Arts, Media Performance & Design.

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors.

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

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Jan
23
Thu
World @ Midday: Amir Koushkani and Friends
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

AmirKoushkani is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer, and instructor of traditional Persian stringed instruments Tar and Setar. Dr. Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan.

Amir Koushkani holds a Master’s Degree in Western Musical Composition and he also received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University, with a dissertation on the history and theory of the Iranian musical transcription. With specializing in on a different aspect of Persian music, over the last three decades he composed widely for theatre, orchestra, and various musical ensembles. He has recently published a two-volume study on the “Persian Avaz” in collaboration with Master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Professor Rob Simms at York University.


Admission is free.

 

Jan
30
Thu
Faculty Spotlight: To Fill the Dim Pause: Offerings for St. Cecilia – Compositions by Michael Coghlan
Jan 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Faculty Spotlight Series
To Fill the Dim Pause: Offerings for St. Cecilia

Compositions by Michael Coghlan

Michael Coghlan, piano
William Thomas, trumpet
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Ben Bolt Martin, cello
Leslie Fagan, soprano
Thursday, Jan. 30, 12:30 p.m.
Tribute Communities Recital Hall – Free

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Feb
3
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Feb 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

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Feb
6
Thu
Concerto Competition Winners in Concert with the York University Symphony Orchestra
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Mark Chambers conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring  2017 Concerto Competition winners.

2020 Winners
Christian Masucci-Facchini: Countertenor
Daniel Pasoff:  Tenor Saxophone
Xingzhi Wang: Tenor

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors. 

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

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Improv Soirée
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Steve Koven.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

 

Feb
11
Tue
playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development

Created and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre.
Now in its 28th season, this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, highly original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers.

In keeping with the true spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset.

playGround runs in two series

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:00 p.m. (Closing)

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 12, 1:00 pm (Opening)
Thurs. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm (Closing)

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Feb
13
Thu
Faculty Spotlight: The Accolade Trio
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Accolade Trio is comprised of York Music Professors Patricia Wait and Mark Chambers and Elizabeth Acker.

Admission is free.  Maps & Directions

ACCOLADE TRIO

Patricia Wait, clarinet
Patricia Wait is a clarinetist with extensive performance credits as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has appeared with many leading Canadian artists and ensembles, including pianist Anton Kuerti and clarinetist James Campbell; the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Prague String Quartet and Purcell String Quartet; and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also an active clinician and adjudicator.

Mark Chambers, cello
Mark Chambers is a conductor, cellist and early music specialist who has performed extensively in the US and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. His research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He teaches cello and viola da gamba and conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Acker, piano
Elizabeth studied piano, harpsichord and jazz at York University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her piano studies with Slavka Dimitroff and James Anagnason and is comfortable playing classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. Elizabeth has been teaching in Toronto for over 30 years and has earned a superb reputation as an accompanist, chamber musician and coach, teacher and adjudicator. Elizabeth plays for the Niagara Symphony, VOCA Chorus of Toronto, various chamber groups and is a busy accompanist at York University, University of Toronto and the RCM in Toronto. In the summer, she plays chamber music at ‘Heaven’ in N.Y. State and is a coach at the Vermont Music and Arts Centre.