Bishop’s celebrating 50 years of music
This is a big year for the Bishop’s University Music Department, as it marks 50 years since department founder Howard Brown first came to the school to teach classes, and 25 years since the program moved into its current home in Bandeen Hall. To mark the double anniversary, the department has planned a dynamic array of musical performances as a part of its annual Musique Chez Nous concert series
“Bishop’s brought him here to start a music program in 1967, and he was the music professor here for at least 15 years before he got to retirement age,” said department chair Jack Eby, adding that, “he taught everything.”
Eby explained that Brown’s work and ideas form the foundation of much of the work the music department does today. The department chair said that the founder’s replacement took only a year to say that more than one professor was needed to fill the role, and the rest of the department grew out from there. Although small by comparison to other parts of the school, he said that enrollment generally averages between 45 and 65 students per year and now includes a music honours program that opens the door for students who want to pursue graduate studies in music.
While the department chair said that the people inside the department are excited about the anniversary, it also felt important to share the events with the community in some way.”
“(Musique Chez Nous) is really our only way of celebrating our anniversary with the public,” Eby said. “It’s our way of sharing.”
The concert series kicked off last week with the annual Howard Brown
The Bishopton post office was completely destroyed by fire overnight Tuesday to Wednesday. According to Fire Chief Daniel Breton, the Dudswell fire department got the call around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the building was already engulfed in flames, he explained.
Breton said that while the building was a total loss, the firefighters were able to retrieve several bags from the office before the blaze overtook the mailroom.
The building is located in the heart of the village. On Wednesday morning, only ruins remained.
There were no injuries reported in connection with the fire.
Besides the post office, the building contained a vacant apartment and a beautician’s salon.
Canada Post Media Relations representative Darcia Kmet told the Record that Canada Post is working with the municipality to find the best solution to serve the community. “We have been provided temporary space in the City Hall. We will be delivering mail to the rural route and we hope to have the mail for the post office box customers available at City Hall by the end of day tomorrow,” commented Kmet.
Memorial faculty concert, but 12 more performances have been scheduled between now and April of 2018. As per usual form, the concerts offer a blend of different musical genres and performers both visiting from elsewhere and from within the department.
Among the highlights of the coming season Eby noted the Bishop’s University Chamber Choir performance of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, set to take place at the end of November at the Saint Benoit du Lac Abbey and at the Saintfrançois-xavier church in Bromont.
“It is the hardest piece in the repertoire,” he said, explaining that the school and community’s best singers have been selected to perform.
More information about upcoming concerts in the Musique Chez Nous Series is available on Facebook.com/musiquecheznous or the Bishop’s University Website Calendar at http://www.ubishops.ca/events/