Don Wright Faculty of Music

No way to typecast this student

Conniving, murderous empress one week. Naive flower child the next. It’s all in a day’s work for Jennifer Kee.

Alumna adds Juno nod to accolades

Western University alumna Kerri Ough has one more reason to celebrate. Nominations for this year’s Juno Awards were just announced and Ough and her Good Lovelies mates are up for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group.

Free concert reflects charm of Spain

Free concert reflects charm of Spain

If visions of sunny Spain appeal to you, you’re in luck. Don Wright Faculty of Music piano professor John-Paul Bracey will transport you to Andalucia with the music of Joaquin Turina on Sunday (Jan. 8) at 3 p.m. for a free concert in Western’s von Kuster Hall.

Campus Digest, Dec. 8

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Dancing with Marie Antoinette

Dancing with Marie Antoinette

Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music professor Richard Semmens knows all about the dancing, disguises and devious deeds of the Parisian opera ball of 18th century. In fact, he is an expert on it, making him first choice as advisor to a National Geographic filmmaker.

World premiere with a global flavour

Omar Daniel likes to write piano pieces for himself. Often he works on them as a diversion while creating a bigger work. The Don Wright Faculty of Music composer says the shorter works give him a fresh perspective.

Ansari: Song does not remain the same as torture

“Even if you have earplugs, even if you cover your ears, you feel your brain rattle. It makes you feel extremely horrible and you have to run away from it.”
This is a how an Occupy Wall Street protester described being exposed to a sound cannon, a sophisticated loudspeaker which eyewitnesses claim was deployed early last Tuesday morning to empty New York City’s Zuccotti Park of protesters.

Behind the scenes of South Pacific

Outside the sun is shining, and many Western students are enjoying the fall day either at the football game or with friends around campus. But the cast members of the UWOpera production of South Pacific are in the Paul Davenport Theatre preparing for the first dress-rehearsal of the show.

Once-in-a-generation repair plays well with musicians

A piano with a cracked frame is like a racehorse with a broken leg. But an 1893 Bechstein baby grand was saved from an ignominious end by the talents of two people at The University of Western Ontario.

New music program sings for PhD student

For Margie Bernal, choosing Western was all about “who you know.” In her case, it was her now sister-in-law living in Toronto who spurred her to look at Ontario universities for her graduate education. Then the list of teachers at the Don Wright Faculty of Music made Western her first choice.

Family’s hardship honoured by community

Growing up in the shadow of dictatorship and enduring the reigns of Mussolini, the Nazis and the Yugoslav communists, Damjana Bratuz confesses her memories still haunt her to this day.

Diverse skillset leading English to music success

Richie English says he is blessed with a lot of amazing performing opportunities. While some of The University of Western Ontario doctoral candidate’s success may be attributed to good luck, credit a lot to a good attitude and loads of talent.

Sessions focus on instrument care

Sessions focus on instrument care

Quentin Playfair and David Tamblyn will give a presentation Sept. 10 in the Don Wright Faculty of Music Building (Room 345) focusing on maintenance and repairs of string instruments and bows.

Mastering and mixing the world of academics

A rock ‘n’ roll life was never in the cards for Jay Hodgson. Despite a No. 1 album on the indie charts while riding a partial scholarship at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1998, the Toronto native was not prepared to take The Jay Hodgson Group any further than the bars and clubs of Massachusetts.