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Sunday, December 2, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Six different Instrumental Chamber Ensemble groups of three to five members will play a lovely selection of classical music.

Free admission, reception to follow.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

The UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble consists of approximately 20 jazz aficionados playing standard and non-standard jazz instruments.  Directed by Michael Wood, this ensemble will play a wide selection of popular jazz music.

Admission is $10/$5 students & seniors

Reception to follow 

Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

This is a concert about storytelling.  Surprisingly, Rossini's Barber of Seville is not a story about a rabbit masquerading as a barber but a love story complete with disguises and mistaken identity and love triumphs in the end.  The overture was written for a different opera actually, "Aureliano in Palmira". Rossini borrowed it as he had run out of time.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST
University Choir

While the term “empire” has come to have strong political connotations, an archaic use of the word simply means to hold absolute power over something or someone. Few who listen to or participate in music could deny its empire!

Friday, November 23, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Gamelan 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.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 — 3:00 PM EST

In October 1998, university student Matthew Shepard was targeted for his sexuality. He was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field.

Twenty years after that terrible event, we perform Craig Hella Johnson’s bold and transcendent work, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and texts, including passages from Matthew’s personal journal.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST
KW Wind Quintet

The KW Woodwind Quintet has chosen a program of delightful music by French composers to showcase the "jolie vent" that wind instruments create. The concert will include Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, Debussy's Children's Corner, Bozza's Scherzo, and Bizet's Carmen Fantasie. Bienvenue à notre concert!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

Four members of the KW Symphony will play Debussy's First String Quartet, in G minor, Op. 10.

Don't let the formal title of this extraordinary work fool you!  Debussy's First String Quartet is anything but formal.  Its fleeting mood, ravishing grandeur, and subtlety of timbre eclipse the rigours of traditional form.  Follow that with the fun of William Bolcom's Ghost Rags and you'll find a classical road map to jazz.  Join friends from the KW Symphony in this performance of music that enlivens and inspires.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

Harpist Lori Gemmell and tenor James McLean will perform a selection of classical music.  This concert features French songs by Debussy, Faure and Tournier, British Folk songs by Benjamin Britten, and Glen Buhr's setting of Tolkien's epic Tale of Tinuviel.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT
Sing for Water event
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

This concert will feature an eclectic mix of music by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Monk.  Performers Michael Wood on vibes/percussion, Steve Clark on bass, and Rob LaRose on percussion have a wealth of experience between them.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

Soprano Ellen McAteer and pianist Geoffrey Conquer present an afternoon of love, longing, and laughter.  "The Water is Wide" will journey from Mozart's charming lieder to Canteloube's haunting Chants d'Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne) to selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn), ending with Britten's beautiful folksong settings

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT
Goodchild Grady Duo

The Goodchild Grady Duo will present an all Canadian program of works for clarinet/bass clarinet and percussion. Featuring Toronto based composer Shelley Marwood, Saskatoon composer Kendra Harder as well as other contemporary composers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

The Op. 39 quintet by Prokofiev is based on his ballet, Trapeze, which was written during his time in Paris. The strange, virtuosic, and sometimes grotesque music perfectly represents circus performers and carnival sights. 
Centred around the Prokofiev, our quirky program explores light and dark music by these four swell composers. 

Friday, September 7, 2018 — 12:00 PM EDT

Please join us for an impromptu music concert in the beautiful UWaterloo Rock Garden.  Members of our Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will perform.  You may even get a chance to try out an instrument yourself.  The concert will start at noon and go for approximately an hour, weather permitting.  Bring your lunch and stay a while.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 — 9:00 AM to Friday, September 21, 2018 — 10:00 PM EDT
Gamelan in Waterloo Town Square

The University of Waterloo Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to join most of the eight ensembles that it sponsors and organizes.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

There could not be a more delightful way to spend a summer evening.  Three different chamber groups of talented students will perform classical music in the Conrad Grebel Chapel.   Selections include:
Trio No. 1 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Trio No. 1 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Trio K. 498 'Kegelstatt' by W. A. Mozart

Sunday, July 22, 2018 — 5:00 PM EDT
Jerry Liu photo

Join us for the final graduation recital of Jerry Liu, baritone on Sunday, July 22 at 5:00pm in the Conrad Grebel Chapel. All welcome.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

The music for this concert is a collection of enchanting and beautiful compositions from all over Europe and England.  The incomparable Beethoven wakes us to the evils of politics, dishonesty, and murder in his dramatic overture to Coriolan.  A fitting overture for an election year...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Music has long been a constant companion to many aspects of the human condition. It can invite people to dance or offer comfort in times of distress; it can be used in reverence of God, or offer commentary on life’s great joys and tribulations. Just as “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”, there is music to accompany it all. This semester’s program explores some of these “times” through classical and contemporary composers alike, including music by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Copland, McGlynn, and Emery.

Friday, May 18, 2018 — 2:30 PM EDT

In Bali, the Gamelan is traditionally played out of doors.  In that spirit, our Spring concert will take place at Waterloo Town Square.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 — 9:00 AM EDT

Not sure which University to study Music at?  Come and audition with us!

We want to get to know you and see if Music at UWaterloo is the right fit for you.

Whether you have an offer of admission from UWaterloo already, or are still waiting for one, we want to hear from you.  Contact us for an audition or to find out how music can fit into your studies at Waterloo.

Friday, March 30, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Dramatic, tragic and yet indescribably beautiful -- Bach's eloquent St. John Passion, with brilliant tenor Lawrence Wiliford as the Evangelist. Don't miss this Good Friday tradition! Presented by the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the UWaterloo Chamber Choir.  Directed by Dr. Mark Vuorinen.

For tickets see Centre in the Square website.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Directed by Daniel Warren, students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all faculties join together to play beautiful symphonic music.

Selections include Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (The Unfinished); Smetana’s The Moldau; Brahms’ "Academic Festival Overture"; Saint Saëns’ "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah;  Massenet’s "Meditation" from Thaïs (violin soloist Lila Huang); Mahler’s Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5.


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