The University of Ottawa School of Music’s annual chamber music festival, “Edgefest”, will be taking place over the course of four concerts on March 17th and 18th in Huguette Labelle Hall in Tabaret, and will feature a wide range of musical styles in works by Debussy, Janáček, Crumb, Shostakovich, Schulhoff, and more.
A mix of pianists, harpists, guitarists, and string, wind, and brass players make up the student chamber ensembles that were formed at the beginning of the school year by Chamber Director Rennie Regehr, and will be performing in Edgefest 2017 on March 17th and 18th. For this upcoming festival, the ensembles were encouraged to choose repertoire of the “edgy” variety. Students could interpret this in several ways: some groups selected repertoire of lesser known composers such as Leoš Janáček and Joaquìn Turina, while others chose to learn music composed in the past few years, including a piece written by uOttawa’s own Professor Patrick Roux: “Alla Piazzolla” for guitar quartet. One string quartet has taken on the challenge of performing George Crumb’s Black Angels, an avant-garde piece for amplified string quartet. In addition to playing their regular stringed instruments, the members of this ensemble will also be performing on 20 crystal glasses, tam-tams, and maracas. On their own instruments, the piece calls for the use of glass rods, paper clips, and thimbles, and will feature extended techniques including harmonics, glissandi, quarter tones, and col legno effects to produce mystical, eerie, and ethereal sounds.
The four concerts will present an eclectic mix of works not to be missed! They will take place in Huguette Labelle Hall in Tabaret, with concerts beginning at 6:30 pm and 9 pm on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Admission is a voluntary contribution at the door.
- Erin Pickering