White Fragility: Why it's so hard to for white people to talk about racism book coverIn September, Professor Frankie Condon, who has conducted extensive research in anti-racism rhetoric and anti-racism pedagogy, will lead the discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s, White Fragility (2018), the New York Times bestseller that gained international prominence in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in the US.

Featuring Cellist and Composer Cris Derksen, the Andromeda Trio and premiering works by Cris Derksen and Karen Sunabacka

Held during the Indigenous Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place conference, attendees and the broader community are invited to attend this free concert, held at the Threate of the Arts, at the University of Waterloo.

Registration for the concert is required. Admission to the concert is free. We invite pay-as-you-can cash donations at the door to help cover expenses.

Subhadra Vijaykumar

Toronto based award winning violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar brings the unique sounds of her Carnatic (South Indian classical) violin to the Chapel at Conrad Grebel. Subhadra will explain Carnatic Music and  how the Carnatic violin, while being identical to the western violin, still differs from it. 

Amelia Grace Yates, piano

Amelia Grace YatesD.M.A., is a pianist, adjudicator, and instructor from Ancaster Ontario. A recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Yates’s research focusses on the solo piano music of Canadian composer Ann Southam. She is passionate about researching and performing the music of contemporary Canadian composers.

Etsuko Kimura, violinLori Gemmell, harpist

Violinist Etsuko Kimura and harpist Lori Gemmell are working towards a recording of music for violin and harp which will include commissions of new works by Canadian composers.  We are delighted to be able to feature one of these works in our noon hour concert, along with other more well known compositions.

Michael & Elizabeth Lepock

We will be presenting a recital of English songs and duets by British, Canadian, and American composers, including Vaughan Williams, Barber, Finzi, Larsen, Raminsh, and Weill. Since the partnership between poetry and music is so essential to art song, we wanted to return to our linguistic roots by presenting songs written in our mother tongue. As we chose sets for this recital, the theme of women arose, as our songs are written about women, or set the words of women." 

Elizabeth Lepock, soprano

Michael Lepock, baritone

Anna Ronai, piano

Talia HatcherIan WhitmanWhile the spotlight is often given to their cellist colleagues, double bassists never shy away from a feature since the instrument’s rich timbre makes for a delightful acoustical treat. KW Symphony stand-mates Talia and Ian, supported by Guelph key and law expert Elliott, present music from a variety of eras, bass music and transcriptions, familiar and obscure. The audience will even discover how a group of French composers in the 19th century created their own “fake news”…