Mu­si­cians an­nounced for Wed­nes­days at noon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

The se­ries of cham­ber mu­sic recitals, Wed­nes­days at Noon, is un­der­way again this year be­gin­ning with a pro­gram fea­tur­ing Gre­gory Irvine, tuba, with Frances McBurnie, pi­ano.

The pro­gram be­gins to­day at 12:10 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, July 8, at the Kirk of St. James, 35 Fitzroy St., Char­lot­te­town. There is no ad­mis­sion charged, but do­na­tions to the Kirk’s choral schol­ar­ship pro­gram are needed and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

The mu­sic in this pro­gram in­cludes ar­range­ments made for the tuba, com­posed by Bach, Han­del and Mozart, as well as three ex­pres­sive pieces es­pe­cially com­posed for the tuba.

Irvine was prin­ci­pal tubaist of the Hamil­ton (On­tario) Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra for 11 years. Dur­ing that time he also per­formed with such en­sem­bles as the Toronto Phil­har­monic, Toronto Pops and CJRT Or­ches­tras.

He has per­formed ex­ten­sively as a tuba soloist and in cham­ber en­sem­bles, in­clud­ing the Royal Brass of the Hamil­ton Phil­har­monic and the Ae­o­los Brass Quin­tet, which toured through­out Canada dur­ing the 1980s.

Since join­ing the fac­ulty at the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land in 1990, Irvine has con­tin­ued to per­form in or­ches­tras through­out the At­lantic re­gion, in­clud­ing the P.E.I. Sym­phony, Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia and Sym­phony New Brunswick, as well as in cham­ber en­sem­bles and as a soloist.

Irvine com­pleted both mas­ters and doc­toral de­grees at North­west­ern Univer­sity in Evanston, Ill., where he stud­ied with Arnold Ja­cobs and Rex Martin.

He com­pleted his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in tuba per­for­mance at the Univer­sity of Toronto where he stud­ied with Charles Dael­len­bach, a found­ing mem­ber of the Cana­dian Brass.

He is cur­rently an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in the Mu­sic Depart­ment at UPEI, where his teach­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude teach­ing all the brass in­stru­ments to brass ma­jors, brass tech­niques, brass literature and ped­a­gogy, in­stru­men­tal con­duct­ing and mu­sic history.

McBurnie, who is well-known for her col­lab­o­ra­tive pi­ano work, is the di­rec­tor of mu­sic at the Kirk of St. James.

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