A 65th Birthday Concert Celebration for John Armstrong

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Photo of John Armstrong

The works of Canadian composer and Coordinator of the Composition Sector at uOttawa, Professor John Gordon Armstrong, will be performed at a concert in the Music at Tabaret series at 2 pm on Sunday, November 5. This opportunity to hear new music by a Canadian composer, including two world premiere performances, is one not to be missed!

The line-up of performers is a combination of faculty, alumni and students. The performance of new music can be particularly challenging, so the involvement of students on this program this really attests to the skill and level of those involved.  The opportunity for our students to perform alongside professional musicians in a concert setting will provide a rich and rewarding experience for them. As a composer, John Armstrong only asks his performers “to make me sound good!” and the line-up of performers on November 5th will most certainly rise to the occasion.

A program highlight will be pianist Patrick Armstrong’s premiere of his father’s five-movement piano work called Remember. The poems of Seymour Mayne, a uOttawa professor in the Department of English, are featured in the work On the Cusp.  And a surprise for many in the audience will be John Armstrong’s original poetry, a set of haiku, in the performance of Ghosts III, as it receives its premiere at this concert. Yet another world premiere of the composer’s will happen at the uOttawa Orchestra concert on November 10 at St. Joseph’s Church – the symphonic work entitled 2017 which was composed in large part thanks to a Senior Arts Grant from the City of Ottawa.

The concert will also commemorate a milestone for John Armstrong as he celebrates his 65th birthday with family, friends, students, and faculty at the School of Music and as we in turn celebrate his musical achievements and contributions. While Armstrong chuckles about the concert marking his birthday, he genuinely appreciates it and hopes the audience will too.

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—Josiah Baarbe


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