Don Wright Faculty of Music

Music Issue: Teaching, singing complete this artist

Throughout his operatic career, baritone Todd Wieczorek has had his fair share of wardrobe malfunctions. But his most embarrassing experience was during a high school summer theatre production when he split his pants while doing what he calls a “spread eagle.”

Music Issue: Realizing her dream in face of reality

The setting sun on the villa was her stage, seating was in the backyard, and there were rugged mountains in the background of the Tuscan landscape. Kelsey Vicary was ready to step out on the stage in the role of Countess Almaviva last year in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Music Issue: Golden example of a passion for brass

The loud, belting sound of brass fills a classroom at Jack Chambers Public School and spills over into the hallway. The fingers of several players move up and down on clicking valves to recreate the fluttering melodies and plodding march of John Philip Sousa’s Transit of Venus.

Music Issue: Leading his own six-string renaissance

Howling wind and cold rain stream through a broken window in a small greenroom, but Robert Kubica is focused on only two things – his hands and the guitar they hold. Kubica is backstage trying to warm up for a performance, and the weather conditions are not helping much. It’s a December night that Kubica, 48, can now recall with humour.

Music Issue: Viewing himself as more than a teacher

James Grier has a passion for music you can feel. The shelves of his small Talbot College office are lined with CDs and books as an aging boom box sits on a corner shelf waiting to be used. He does not own an MP3 player.

Six pianos, six players, one stage

Don’t miss the chance to hear the one and only performance of the Six Pianos Ensemble at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 in the Paul Davenport Theatre. Admission is free.

UWOpera brings Mozart close to home

Over the years, Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ has been interpreted in many ways, but this is clearly UWOpera’s own Western version of one of the master’s most famous operas.

Campus Digest: UWOpera brings Mozart to stage

Campus Digest: UWOpera brings Mozart to stage

Over the years, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte has been interpreted in many ways, but this is UWOpera’s own Western version of one of the master’s most famous operas. “The story is completely contemporary in setting,” said Theodore Baerg, director. “Relationships haven’t...

Return to campus is music to professor’s ear

Call it the circle of life at Western for Aaron Hodgson. A graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music (BMus’04), the 28-year-old now finds himself back at the university – this time in front of the class.