Mount Allison presenting symposium in recognition of French composer Claude Debussy’s Centenary
Mount Allison’s department of music is celebrating the centenary of French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) with a symposium held from Nov. 2 to 4.
Debussy’s music, life and influences will be celebrated in Brunton Auditorium with concerts and talks featuring guest artists and Mount Allison students and faculty.
The symposium begins on Friday afternoon with a keynote address by renowned Debussy scholar and pianist Roy Howat, visiting from the United Kingdom.
On Saturday evening, Howat will perform a recital, including the complete first book of Debussy’s Préludes for solo piano. Mount Allison faculty and guests will present Debussy’s late chamber music in a recital on Friday evening, including works for piano duet and piano duo, plus the three late sonatas. These sonatas, for cello and piano, for flute, viola, and harp, and for violin and piano, number among Debussy’s final and most enigmatic works.
Reflecting Debussy’s varied interest in visual arts and literature, Anne Koval from Mount Allison’s department of fine arts and Valérie Narayana from the department of modern languages and literatures will present talks relating Debussy’s music to the paintings and poetry of his time. Mount Allison music students will present two recitals: piano and instrumental works on Saturday afternoon, and mélodies for voice and piano on Sunday afternoon. In this final concert, students will also be joined by music faculty Vicki St. Pierre and Monette Gould.
All concerts and events are open to the public. Afternoon events are free of charge. For the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, tickets are available at the door or through subscription to the concert series offered by the department of music.
For further information, phone 506-364-2374, e-mail music@mta. ca or visit www.mta.ca/music.