International

hands on pianoFew groups have been as impacted by Covid-19 as professional musicians, who have lost live performing opportunities. This concert series is an opportunity for them to shine in front of an audience, albeit online.

Gamelan in Waterloo Town SquareGamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments.  It is taught without notation, which means the students have to memorize their parts.  Directed by artist-in-residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the group plays both traditional Balinese music and modern compositions.

Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. Through a connection with Music Professor Mark Vuorinen, Ešenvalds offered a seminar and singers’ workshop in partnership with Grebel’s three choirs and the Grand Philharmonic Choir in February.

Musicologist Dr. Katherine Kennedy Steiner will join Conrad Grebel University College’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Music, starting July 1, 2018. Teaching a range of courses from broad musicology surveys, to music of the Renaissance and medieval eras, to church music and worship, Steiner will engage with diverse groups of students across the University of Waterloo campus. She will also direct the College’s Chapel Choir.

dancer & gamelanDirected by Dr. Maisie Sum and featuring Grebel Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the UW Balinese Gamelan and the Grebel Community Gamelan will perform a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional classics.  Come find out why people who love music are fascinated by the gamelan.

Free admission, and a chance to try the gamelan yourself after the concert.

Elena Denisova and Alexei KornienkoEnjoy an evening of piano and violin music with renowned Austrian musicians Elena Denisova and Alexei Kornienko.  Free admission, no RSVP required.  Reception to follow.

Program includes:

Mozart's Sonata in G major
Maximilian Kreuz's Free Variations
Friedegund Rainer's #Bach#Frau#Mann
Alexander Zemlinsky's Serenade A Major

Amanda KindSince graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community.