2020-2021: A YEAR IN PICTURES
In a year of ever-changing restrictions due to the pandemic, we still managed to have a busy season of virtual events - lectures, recordings, masterclasses, concerts and student recitals - all while adhering to our strict safety measures.
Composer Talks and Other Lecture Series
Six fascinating composers were featured in the Composer Talks Online series, made possible thanks to the support of the Micheline Beaudry Somcynsky Fund: Ana Sokolovic, Alex Young, Dorothy Chang, Samy Moussa, Laura Karpman and Dinuk Wijeratne.
The Research sector presented an online Colloquium in October featuring Lori Burns and Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers. Our Graduate Music Students’ Association had an active year, hosting online lectures with Jada Watson, Remi Chiu among others, and capping off the year with the GMSA Internal Conference in April.
Music at Tabaret
Recording sessions of small string ensembles from the uOttawa Orchestra took place in Tabaret in the winter and spring.
Wind and Brass Ensembles
Small groups from the Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble classes recorded works in Tabaret.
The Calixa Lavallée Choir and Choral Ensemble recorded several works throughout the year; individual recordings would be submitted by the students, then synchronized to create a video montage.
The Opera Class staged and recorded the Benjamin Britten opera Turn of the Screw in February, with the singers performing to the pre-recorded chamber orchestra, and followed up with a recording of Opera Scenes in April.
Six concerts, three in each semester, featured our Chamber Music Ensembles, in a mix of live performances in Pérez and those streamed in from other locations.
The creative cello studio of Paul Marleyn combined efforts to put together a recording of Piazzolla’s Fuga y Misterio (arrangement by Peter Hysen) which they released on YouTube in May.
Our students participated in a number of online masterclasses with an impressive list of musicians: Martin Beaver, James Campbell, Michelle Cheramy, Graham Cozzubbo, James Ehnes, Joseph Elworthy, Johannes Moser, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Alexander Shelley, Daniel Vnukowski, Bryan Wagorn and Mimi Zweig.
A recital season of 65 livestreamed events recorded at Tabaret Hall appeared on YouTube throughout April and May.