Musicians announced for Wednesdays at noon
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.