JANUARY 22, 1999

School makes sweet music at Gala Concert



Faculty members from the University of Victoria school of music present the UVic Gala Concert, Jan. 29 at

8 p.m. in the fine acoustic surroundings of the University Centre's Farquhar Auditorium.

The annual special concert raises funds to support one of Canada's premier music schools and to maintain the high standard of education it offers to 250 undergraduate and graduate students.



This year's concert features the UVic Gala Orchestra with conductor János Sándor, the University of Victoria Chamber Singers under the direction of conductor Bruce More, and four soloists: Alexander Dunn, classical guitar; Eva Solar-Kinderman, piano; Patricia Kostek, clarinet; Alexandra Browning, soprano.

The program includes Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Romancero Gitano; Mozart's Concerto in A, K. 488; Copland's Concerto for Clarinet; and Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne.

Tickets (concert and reception $75; concert $50) are available from the general office of the school of music (721-7903) or the McPherson box office (386-6121). A receipt for income tax purposes is available.

The school of music offers a professional education to students seeking music careers. A graduate program and five undergraduate programs are offered: comprehensive; composition and theory; music education; music history and literature; and performance. The faculty includes internationally renowned performers, composers, musicologists and theorists. More than 80 per cent of the school's graduates have found music-related employment.

The UVic Gala Orchestra is an ensemble of performance faculty members rounded out by music students. Conductor Sándor is an artist-in-residence at the school. The 22-voice University of Victoria Chamber Singers, conducted by Bruce More, is the most active touring group in the school, having performed extensively in Canada and the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa&emdash;and this spring&emdash;in southeast Asia.

Classical guitarist Dunn teaches music performance and has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, including appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, the Pacific Northwest Festival and the Guitar & Lute Institute. He's heard regularly on CBC Radio.

Piano instructor Solar-Kinderman was born in Sweden and trained in Czechoslovakia, where she won the Czech national musical youth competition in 1965. Since arriving in Canada in 1980, her interpretations have been broadcast in Canada and the U.S. She has played extensively in North America, Japan and Europe, where reviewers have found her performances a "total blending of spirit and sound."

Kostek is an associate professor of clarinet known in North and South America and Europe for her critically acclaimed performances, lectures and master classes. She has performed in noted international music festivals, including the Buenos Aires International Festival and the Tanglewood Institute. In September, she'll be featured at the Brazilian National Clarinet Conference.

Soprano Browning is a distinguished musician and foremost teacher of voice. She has sung with the English Opera Group (founded and directed by Benjamin Britten) and with major opera companies and orchestras in Europe. An active recitalist, her performance specialties include Mozart, contemporary operas and the works of women composers.

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