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Opera puts whaling history on stage

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Aiden Hartery is going to have ‘a whale of a time’ over the next year or so as he pens his first opera, the first musical work ever focused on Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Basque whalers of the 16th Century.

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Canadian baritone James Westman embraces his role as neither all saint nor all sinner. In fact, it is the historically undersold complexity of the Father of Confederation that drew the Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer into this role of a lifetime.

Faculties show importance of sharing research

Faculties show importance of sharing research

The inaugural FIMULAW Research Day last month, which brought together graduate students from the faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and Law, was a resounding success. Through three panel presentations, lightning talks and poster presentations,...

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Of 500 eager applicants, only 100 secure a highly-coveted space in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada each year. This summer, Don Wright Faculty of Music string students Anna Grigg, Darren Mak, Dorothy Lin, Christian Wrona and Jillian Yang will join the...

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

“It was clear something was amiss,” said Harlin Braichet, looking back at his teenage-self growing up in Sarnia. “It hadn’t manifested itself completely, but once I got to university in the States, that’s when my behaviour became more and more erratic and I knew...

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

When you sing “Happy Birthday,” chances are you aren’t thinking much about the “shape” of the cheerful song. Music Theory PhD student Kristen Wallentinsen most definitely is. Her research is focused on mathematical representations of melodic contour, or shape, in...

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, will appear on a Canadian stamp, part of a collection celebrating two Canadian-penned operas and three individuals credited with bringing Canadian opera to the world stage.

Performance-based pursuits earning fair shot at OGS

Performance-based pursuits earning fair shot at OGS

Given the diverse program offerings available to graduate students at Western, Linda Miller knows it can be difficult to measure students’ academic achievements using the same criteria. This is especially true when it comes to deciding which students should receive...

Trump’s unpredictability, anti-intellectualism raise red flags

Trump’s unpredictability, anti-intellectualism raise red flags

Seven days have passed since Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, assumed office. And while the world looks on with numerous concerns over everything from accessible healthcare for Americans, women’s rights, immigration, minority and...

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

There is a strong purple presence on London Mayor Matt Brown’s annual Honour List for this past year as former staff members Susan Grindrod and Therese Quigley, along with former professor emeritus Joseph Cummins, Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer Dale Yoshida and alumna Sandra Miller, MLIS’01, have been recognized for their community involvement.

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...

Team looks to rescue, reunite refugees with their history

Team looks to rescue, reunite refugees with their history

With a historically heavy focus on the protagonists of the Salvadoran civil war, the stories of tens of thousands of refugees have fallen by the wayside. But now, thanks to the efforts of Western researchers and their colleagues, that history is being rescued and...

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Aiden Hartery is going to have ‘a whale of a time’ over the next year or so as he pens his first opera, the first musical work ever focused on Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Basque whalers of the 16th Century.

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Canadian baritone James Westman embraces his role as neither all saint nor all sinner. In fact, it is the historically undersold complexity of the Father of Confederation that drew the Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer into this role of a lifetime.

Faculties show importance of sharing research

Faculties show importance of sharing research

The inaugural FIMULAW Research Day last month, which brought together graduate students from the faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and Law, was a resounding success. Through three panel presentations, lightning talks and poster presentations,...

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Of 500 eager applicants, only 100 secure a highly-coveted space in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada each year. This summer, Don Wright Faculty of Music string students Anna Grigg, Darren Mak, Dorothy Lin, Christian Wrona and Jillian Yang will join the...

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

“It was clear something was amiss,” said Harlin Braichet, looking back at his teenage-self growing up in Sarnia. “It hadn’t manifested itself completely, but once I got to university in the States, that’s when my behaviour became more and more erratic and I knew...

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

When you sing “Happy Birthday,” chances are you aren’t thinking much about the “shape” of the cheerful song. Music Theory PhD student Kristen Wallentinsen most definitely is. Her research is focused on mathematical representations of melodic contour, or shape, in...

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, will appear on a Canadian stamp, part of a collection celebrating two Canadian-penned operas and three individuals credited with bringing Canadian opera to the world stage.

Performance-based pursuits earning fair shot at OGS

Performance-based pursuits earning fair shot at OGS

Given the diverse program offerings available to graduate students at Western, Linda Miller knows it can be difficult to measure students’ academic achievements using the same criteria. This is especially true when it comes to deciding which students should receive...

Trump’s unpredictability, anti-intellectualism raise red flags

Trump’s unpredictability, anti-intellectualism raise red flags

Seven days have passed since Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, assumed office. And while the world looks on with numerous concerns over everything from accessible healthcare for Americans, women’s rights, immigration, minority and...

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

There is a strong purple presence on London Mayor Matt Brown’s annual Honour List for this past year as former staff members Susan Grindrod and Therese Quigley, along with former professor emeritus Joseph Cummins, Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer Dale Yoshida and alumna Sandra Miller, MLIS’01, have been recognized for their community involvement.

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...

Team looks to rescue, reunite refugees with their history

Team looks to rescue, reunite refugees with their history

With a historically heavy focus on the protagonists of the Salvadoran civil war, the stories of tens of thousands of refugees have fallen by the wayside. But now, thanks to the efforts of Western researchers and their colleagues, that history is being rescued and...