Bishop’s cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of mu­sic

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Gor­don Lam­bie

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/

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